Brad and I have been together since we were teenagers in the early 1970’s. We met fifty years ago this summer and were married in 1975. He was raised in the country and I was raised in town but I quickly adapted to life in a rural setting and have never looked back.
We share a lot of interests including a love of reading and watching police shows on TV. We tend to like the same movies with a couple of exceptions. He likes “Hot Shots!” and “The Naked Gun” movies which don’t interest me. At. All. I like “Doctor Who” which doesn’t interest him. At. All.
Over the past several years since we’ve had reliable high-speed streaming video we’ve been enjoying some of the British shows like “Midsomer Murders”, “Foyle’s War”, and “Death in Paradise”. We’ve watched and re-watched all of the episodes of those shows so many times we even know the dialog in many instances and when we forget the name of an actor or actress one of us will say something like “You know! The actress from that Midsomer episode who kept saying, “You’re going to spoil Christmas!” (Haydn Gwynne in “The Ghosts of Christmas Past”). Or another one, “Oh, dear. Rustics approaching.” (Belinda Lang in “Garden of Death”).
We like “Poirot” with David Suchet, the “Sherlock Holmes” episodes with Jeremy Brett, “Mystery!: Cadfael” with Derek Jacobi and “Doc Martin” with Martin Clunes.
We both enjoy the “Riddick” movies, “Judge Dredd”, “Demolition Man”, “The 13th Warrior”, “The Lion in Winter”, “The Wind and the Lion”, “The Ghost and the Darkness”, “The Good Shepherd”, “Breach”, the “Jason Bourne” movies, “Quigley Down Under”, “Tombstone”, “The Whole Nine Yards”, “The Whole Ten Yards”, “Down Periscope”, “The Princess Bride” and the list goes on.
I like to read mysteries and the Mitch Rapp novels, which Brad also enjoys. We both read a lot of books on history and politics and I’m in the middle of another Dan Bongino book. Most of what I read are ebooks on my Kindle but I have quite a few paperback and hardback books as well and I just bought two books for Brad, one by Dan Bongino, “Life Inside the Bubble” and the newest one by Mark Levin, “American Marxism”, both of which I have on my Kindle.
We talk constantly about current events, and posts we see on Gab. He still has a Facebook account but I canceled mine as well as my Twitter and Instagram accounts.
He saw something I re-posted on Gab and took the time to read the article, which I had not bothered to do, and gave me a head’s up about it. I went back and dug a little deeper and realized it was BS and nonsense and made a point of addressing that on Gab.
We are on the same page about everything of importance. He is a devoted Christian and an elder in the protestant church he grew up in. I was a deacon in the same church when I was called to become Catholic. It’s made for some interesting conversations over the past twenty-five years!
We are both at home in the country and love to visit our daughter and her family at the farm as much as we love living here on our 85 acres. We both love firearms and he has a fondness for handmade knives. Our livestock raising days are behind us but we have fond memories of those years.
We rarely quarrel and then it’s usually due to a misunderstanding on the part of one or the other of us, sometimes compounded by ill health at the time or a bout of chronic pain or stress.
I guess you could say we both share the same warped sense of humor. Some of the things we find funny would not be funny to someone who hasn’t spent decades around members of law enforcement and the military or hasn’t grown up on a farm dealing with livestock.
We get along very well. Several people that I’ve known for years, people who’ve been married at least as long as we have, really don’t like their spouses! How sad for them. Life is too short to be miserable or constantly finding fault with one another. I tend to steer clear of those folks as much as possible and focus on how much we have been blessed by God.