An Open Letter to the Significant Other I Caught…
…Making sure his wife/girlfriend was resting peacefully in the breeze.
Dear Mr. Sweet Man,
There are not many days out of the year in Florida when I can drop my back deck and turn it into a patio. Some days, it feels like I’m being suffocated in Mother Nature’s armpit. Other days, I’m grateful that I am curling my toes in warm, sugary sand and not in freezing snow.
On a rare day in late February when I was itching to put the RV deck down, I found myself reading a book with my feet propped up.
In between paragraphs, I heard the rough *clink* and *clunk* from a pair of kids playing a game of horseshoes.
Sipping on my wine and contemplating my next Medium article, I found myself starring at a cute couple in the distance.
Under the palm tree, I saw a woman passed out in a hammock and catching some much needed sleep.
I could not wonder what she was dreaming about. As a woman with insomnia, a part of me was jealous that she could fall asleep so quickly. On the other hand, I couldn’t help but wonder if I should wake her up to prevent sunburn.
Next, I saw a man holding his Guinness in one hand and gently rocking her to sleep with the other.
At that moment, I knew that man was a keeper.
Like a protective lioness, I watched her sway under the shade, Honey, I’ve been that tired before too, and I want to make sure you get some needed sleep.
Trying to return my eyes to my iPad to continue reading one of my favorite authors, I could not help but cast a scrutinizing eye towards Mr. Sweet Man.
Is he still rocking her? ✅
Is she still asleep? ✅
As the kids hang from a tire swing and their dog chases his tail, he remains by her side. Still rocking his wife asleep, I watch him scan the horizon for any potential threats. In fact, I quickly thought of this man as the lion protecting my RV community.
This man melted my heart seeing him rock his significant other asleep. In fact, I wanted to walk over to him and give him a fresh beer.
I don’t know who you are, Mr. Sweet Hammock Man. However, you are a great example of a man who can make someone’s heart melt by doing just one simple thing: Rock your loved one to sleep.
Your Awe-Struck RV Neighbor