My husband buttered my whole grain toast.

Again. Despite my repeated requests to not butter my toast.223639-whole-wheat-bread-toasted-no-butter-path-included

What to do? Say, “Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit?”

Probably not the time to be a smart mouth… a girl’s gotta eat, right?

Better to butter him up. Say “thank you, honey” – and hope for a moment to scrape the buttered surface with a napkin. Say “Mmn” and smile nice.

I’ve often cited him as ‘the best man alive’. Who sweats the small stuff – not I. I am an avowed Appreciator, in love with him as much as ever.

My husband looks a bit like Brad Pitt – once People Magazine’s ‘sexiest man alive’ – so I feel permission to quote the star:

My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and problems with children.

She has lost 30 pounds and weighed about 90 pounds in her 35 years. She got very skinny, and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs.

She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the morning and got tire very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of break up.

Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role.

I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon…But the I decided to act on it. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth.

She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her shoulders.

I began to pamper her with flowers, kisses and compliments her. I surprised her and pleased her every minute. I gave her lots of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends.

You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became even better than before. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and she loved me even more than ever. I have no clue than she CAN love that much. And then I realized one thing: The woman is the reflection of her man. If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.”

       – Brad Pitt

Relationships work best when reciprocally accepting, accommodating, and kind.

Now, donchathink, Brad Pitt ought to quote me sometime…let’s toast to that!