Sometimes you just can't win for losing.
The other day, Kim and I were getting ready to hop in the car and run a few errands.
But my first errand was to take a couple of containers to our recycle bin, which sits up against the fence halfway down our lengthy driveway. As I walked to the bin, Kim waited for me at the end of the driveway.
I got rid of my recyclables, turned, and headed back to the car, which was probably 30-40 yards away.
And there was Kim, waiting patiently.
I just had to stop and look. And admire. There's still no clue that being married to me for 37 years has worn her down. She can make wearing a casual top, sneakers and blue jeans look like a runway fashion statement. Her strawberry blond hair gloriously cascades to her shoulders, seemingly adding youth to her being as opposed to age. Her clear blue eyes still crinkle when she smiles. To me, she's an absolute vision, just as she was when she walked down the aisle all those years ago.
(Here it comes. Wait for it. Waiiit forrrrr iiiit)
I just couldn't contain myself. I was suddenly filled with emotion. I was overflowing with compliments.
"Hey," I said to her loud enough so she could hear. "You really look good from a distance."
I'm not sure if the very loud noise I heard next was only in my head or not, but what I heard sounded something like the earth screeching to a halt while standing hard on the brakes, like they do at Daytona just before a wreck. I knew I'd stepped in it before I finished the last syllable in "distance."
I couldn't think of anything fast enough to recover, so I simply smiled. It was probably an exaggerated smile. Not sure it helped. Maybe, though.
But there was no retreat from this. If I took it back, was I also taking back how good she looks? "Hey, I didn't mean that," doesn't quite work here.
So I steeled myself for her response. It was gentle. "Back at you," she said with a wry smile.
OK, I think I just dodged a missile. The earth put itself back in gear. Rotation was imminent. Kim just revealed to me another dimension (as she often has to in my case) of her inner beauty.
She looks pretty good up close, too.