by Mindi Artherton
My husband is a busy guy. He is a football coach (go wildcats!), so this time of year, he is especially busy. Most nights, he comes home around 7 and is out the door by 6:30 the next morning. Needless to say, I don’t get to see him much in the fall and I really do like to see him. He is a pretty good guy to be around!
I recently started a new job at our local school district where my husband teaches. During his (very short) lunch break, he always makes an effort to stop by my office and say hello, even if it is for 2 minutes. My office is out of his way and he doesn’t have much time to eat, but he always makes an effort to check in and see how my day is going. On this particular day, he walked in my door, I looked him up and down and said, “Nice khaki on khaki.”
“What? What are you talking about,” he asked as he glances down at his dark khaki shorts and light khaki top. I proceed to tell him how bad his outfit looks. He kind of looks at me, laughs it off, then makes his way to lunch duty.
Wait, that was mean and it had really been bugging me. How would I react if the first thing he said to me when he saw me was a rude comment about my outfit? I would have thrown a fit and probably would have pouted around the house for the next week.
I continued to think about that comment for the rest of the day. Just who do I think I am! I looked down at my dress that is at least 5 years old! It is a wrinkly-mess and was used by my one year old as a napkin this morning. Did he make a comment? No! He would never say something so harsh to me.
I recently shared a post from Silver Dollar City on our facebook page and I have thought about it ever since my “khaki on khaki” comment. The post quoted scripture from Proverbs 12:25: “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
Whether talking to your spouse, your kids or co-workers, try to speak kind words. I didn’t and I think it hurt my heart more than it did his! Sorry, honey, you are handsome, even if you are wearing khaki from head to toe!