My husband and I just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.

I found a clean white envelope on the kitchen counter simply addressed to my angel. Later, as I placed the sweet card on my desk that he had given me, I noticed a Coke can sitting there. I remembered the day he gave that to me as well.

It had been one of those days. I had come home from work unusually stressed and tired. Trying to scramble to get dinner ready while snapping at my husband who was trying to help me, as he often did. As I was getting the plates and silverware, he gingerly came up to me holding a can of soda. I looked up and it was one of the new “share a Coke” cans and on the side it had the word Soulmate. Eagerly he said, “I want to share this with you over dinner.” Immediately I felt all the tension of the day leave my spirit.

Isn’t it amazing how one act, one word can change everything?

How often does my husband get the back seat in our life or after our children for that matter?

Later, my heart felt heavy with guilt as I lovingly rinsed out that soda can and placed it among my special treasures on my desk. How often does my husband get the back seat in our life or after our children for that matter? How often does he get my leftovers? I would never treat others, such as my boss with such disrespect. I know the answer is because at home, I am most comfortable. I feel safe among my precious loved ones enough to let my guard down. But does that make it more excusable?

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I want to be my husband’s true mate, a real partner in life and I was reminded of that by a Coke can

It has been a long and difficult journey through heartbreak and divorce to finding my way to my husband and the same for him. Our dynamic is different because we each have children that we must prioritise. We may not have the luxury for just the two of us to go off on an exotic getaway. The children’s medical bills, braces, college and family holidays come first. However, I can show him he means so much to me, not in the elaborate but in the every-day. I can give him my best, my encouragement and support. Set aside a small part of my day just for him.

I want to be my husband’s true mate, a real partner in life and I was reminded of that by a Coke can. I pray that I will always be continually reminded. Reminded that showing my husband every day in some small way that he truly is the one that my soul loves.