(My husband, Jake, watching the sunset over Lake Hefner)
So many times, people make the mistake of thinking that in order to show someone you love them, you must do so in a material way, with flowers, cards, jewelry, et cetera, or by constantly telling the other person "I love you." Yet, so often, the little ways love is shown is taken for granted.
My husband did such a thing this week.
I've recently taken up doing photography in a more professional capacity, and had my first wedding shoot last month. I had been working on processing and editing the photos when the external hard drive I had the photos stored on crashed last week. I had made the amateur mistake of not backing the photos up to a disc, so I was in a panic, to say the least. I was literally sick over the thought of losing someone else's precious memories.
My beloved sprang into action, spending countless hours trying to repair the drive himself (he does IT for a living), and when that failed, he had me try sending the drive off for data recovery, despite the enormous cost. He could see how upset I was, and he was doing everything he could to try and make it better. When we received the estimate for the data recovery ($1800!!!), and had to decline the service, Jake still did not give up. As a last resort, he scanned both of our computers for any images, hoping he would be able to recover something. To my surprise, we found ALL of the photos on his computer!! Apparently, when I transferred the photos from my camera to the external drive, I had inadvertently exported and saved them onto his computer. The both of us were ecstatic! And I've now backed up the data in 5 different ways...lesson learned.
That Jake would not let me give up, and spent so much of his precious downtime trying to help me, showed me how much he loves me. After almost 14 years together, it's easy to take your partner's affections for granted, but I knew, without the words, that this was love.
Happy Love Thursday, everyone!