I thought that the “opposites attract” idea might be a good topic for this week’s blog, especially seeing as how Matt and I are total opposites in nearly all aspects of life. How so? Let me count the ways…
- Social butterfly Vs. Home Body: Matt is a trained-on-the-job bartender, and spent the past ten years or so working or going out until all hours of the night. While I too once went through the phase of whooping it up with my fellow Marquette University classmates, those days have long since been traded in for a t-shirt and a glass of wine in front of the TV. While we are both getting better at supporting each other’s idea of a good time, I still try to be home by at least 9 p.m. to catch some well-needed Z’s.
- Gourmet Chef Vs. Impeccable Cleaner: Seeing as how I’ve worked for years in the kitchen of a busy catering business, the joy of cooking is gone for me. Not so for Matt, who can spend hours in the kitchen concocting new recipes from his imagination (never really enjoyed a steamed artichoke until he made one for me on one of first dates). I, on the other hand, would rather spend my time cleaning the house and bathroom, when it comes to daily chores. During college I discovered that life can be more than overwhelming sometimes, so organizing things is a great way to keep my thoughts from getting jumbled.
- “Outdoorsman” Vs. “Afraid of Spiders:” It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is headed. While I do get a kick out of taking hikes and hanging around campfires, I can’t understand why anyone would rather snuggle under a sleeping bag on the hard and cold ground, than snuggle into a moderately soft bed with 600 thread count sheets. I especially don’t get why campers insist on bringing things with them that “remind them of home.” Why not just stay home? Yes, I understand that these problems won’t disappear once we tie the knot, which is why I have a feeling we’re going to be registering at REI Outlet within the near future. Oh well. I guess Matt will just have to get used to attending luxury resorts if he wants me to go camping with him (what a trial, huh?).
Although we have a lot of things that divide us, they also have the tendency to bring us closer together. Matt brings out the social side of me, I teach him that making your bed in the morning is the sure-fire way of doing at least one thing right every day, and no matter what, nature in itself is a great way to view God’s creation.
If only that creation didn’t involve creepy-crawlies…
Song playing while writing this: “Love Me Like the World is Ending” By Ben Lee