Make your wife's day, every day, with these simple acts that will remind her of your love for her.
1. Tell her you love her
You must tell her you love her more than once per day, including when you leave and when you come home. Because texting is so popular, you can even text her; although telling her face-to-face is the most important and intimate.
Of all the things you need to do every single day, this is perhaps the most vital. You can tell her all you want, but showing her is the sauna of everyday living. Showing, not telling, is the writer's mantra, and should be a husband's. Thousands of ways exist on how to show your wife you love her. Be creative - Every. Single. Day.
3. Pick up after yourself
Nothing is less sexy than heaps of clothes, shoes, socks, candy wrappers, etc. lying everywhere. Surely you can spend the few minutes to put away your shoes, place your socks in the dirty clothes or even hang up your pants. It's just plain laziness to flop stuff on the floor or pile a zillion T-shirts on the chair next to your bed.
4. Clean around your sink
Yuck! One of the most unsanitary places in America today, aside from your computer keyboard, is your sink. Clean it every day and reach over and clean your spouse's. She will be pleasantly surprised and grateful.
5. Iron your own clothes
Try doing the ironing yourself. You would be surprised how relaxing - even therapeutic - it really is.
6. Write her a note
This could be the simplest one you do. It doesn't have to be anything fancy; just a note to let her know she is beautiful, or to have a good day. Put it in her pocket or out somewhere she can see it. Try a sticky note on the mirror in the bathroom.
7. Make the bed
Or at least help make the bed. It's always easier when two make the bed, and it takes just a few moments of your time. There is a certain something refreshing about a made bed.
8. Don't complain
Surely, you can refrain from complaining once per day - make it twice tomorrow. Complaining is a sign of pessimism.
9. Read to her
You may not be a reader, but reading something to her every day is sweet and intimate. It could be one of the comics from the daily paper, a Bible verse or two, or an incredible passage from the novel you are reading.
Having to ask shows you are non-observant. She probably has hinted and maybe even come right out and said, "Dear, would you do this?" Be observant; look around; listen to her.
12. Put the dishes in the dishwasher
There is no reason to leave them in the sink or on the table. If it's full, empty it.
13. Pull in the garage straight
Garage space is sacred space; so, make sure you pull in straight and on your own side. Encroaching on her spot is not cool. If her car is outside, go ahead and put hers away, too. It's one of those showing-you-love-her things.
14. Take care of the garbage
It's always your turn to take out the garbage - no questions asked.
15. Lock the doors and turn out the lights
At night, walk around the house, lock the doors and turn out the lights. Your spouse will feel safe and protected by you completing this task.
16. Hug her
Hugs in the morning. Hugs when you come home. Hugs when you go to bed. And make sure they aren't just a mere squeeze. Give her bear hugs.
17. Compliment her
Remind her how much you love that smile you fell in love with. There are lots of things you love about her, so remind her of them often.
18. Help with the dishes without being asked
Along with putting dishes into the dishwasher, help with dishes during cooking and after meals.
This may mean you have to learn how to cook something. But your efforts will be much appreciated when you have a delicious meal prepared for her.
20. Have an incredible conversation each day
In today's society, with so much technology, long work days, etc., we seldom have time for conversation. Your marriage will be strengthened if you take the time to actually talk to your wife every day.
Memorize this list, add to it and always remember two important words: "Yes, Dear."
Darrel Hammon likes being outdoors, growing things and seeing things the way they could be. You can read more of his musings at darrelhammon.blogspot.com. He and his wife worked as welfare volunteers in the Caribbean.