So to continue the grand tradition of writing about all the amazing people in my life, today I am in the mood to celebrate my insane, bad-ass, genius of a husband.
You see folks, today Mr. M is graduating from Simon Fraser University with his Bachelor of Education.
Oh, and did I mention that he’s graduating at the top of his class?
That’s right! Today he will be honoured as the top graduate out of all the newly minted secondary school teachers.
If this were a mid-90s teen comedy, as he crossed the stage to collect his degree and medal, myself and my pack of gelled-hair, frosted tipped, mini-backpack wearing friends would simultaneously jump up and start yelling, “He’s number one! He’s number one!”
(I might yell out something different though – perhaps along the lines of, “I love you baby!” Before clasping my hands together underneath my chin, and letting my tears flow freely down my face.)
At this point EVERYBODY would start cheering, and the slightly disheveled, but ultimately cool dean standing on the stage next to M would just shake their head good naturedly (maybe even roll their eyes and laugh), and M would point to me in the crowd, shouting out something like, “We did it!” before throwing his cap into the air.
And then Smash Mouth would come out of nowhere and play us into the credits.
The dance party to end all dance parties would ensue.
Okay, so that’s probably not how it’s going to go down. But the sentiment is the same none the less.
I cannot really begin to explain how insanely proud and happy I am for M.
He is a phenomenal student.
He is a tremendous teacher.
His students love him.
(In fact, some of then are even in love with him.)
And at the base of it all, he is an amazing, hilarious, driven, beautiful, bonkers, inspiring individual who makes my life, and all the lives of the people he touches better.
He makes life glow.
So please, let this serve as a brief introduction to his brilliant man.
Here are some other interesting facts about this Swiss-Indian man to whom I have pledge my troth:
1.) He completed his undergraduate degree in Classical and Medieval Studies. (Or simply put – he is one gigantic nerdo.)
2.) After graduating he earned his journeyman carpentry ticket, and helped build the Olympic ski-jump for the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 games.
3.) He has read more books that probably everybody I know, combined. Dude is well read.
4.) And boy is he ever ticklish.
5.) He has horrifyingly dextrous toes. And I fear them. You should too.
6.) One of the first things I noticed about him were his calf muscles. Ooer, mama.
7.) My heart practically melts out of my feet whenever I watch him concentrating like a mad man as he plays Dead Souls. It is adorable and a half.
8.) Sometimes when he is late getting ready and I am (desperately) trying to get him out of the house, he’ll sit on the bed with his underwear on his head, because he knows it drives me up the bloody wall (but also makes me laugh.)
9. The man doesn’t know a correct song lyric for the life of him.
10.) He will change the world. He’s already doing it.
So there you have it!
And now we are off to celebrate this tremendous achievement of his, in style, with grace, and of course – great humour.
But no Smash Mouth. We’ll have none of that.