Hello, yet again, from another hotel. This one, which is featured in the “Hallways of Drew” Twitter photo series by Thumper, is a giant room with a giant shower, two bathrooms, and newly discovered heated floors which are making me happy on this cold night.
But, even prior to discovering the heat beneath my feet, I was pretty happy as today, Thumper and I had a grown up day full of juvenile humor, food, technology, and a few serious discussions about what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we may or may not do now.
That said, one of the things that fell into one of those categories is the fact that we both agreed that we were too open at times and that we put ourselves on the stage while also plugging in the spotlights for the world to see. That both helped and harmed at the same time and, while my relationship with Thumper, my friend who has seen me naked more than a few times, will still be a feature of this blog and a side show on his (at times), we are not going to go into great detail about anything too private about the Drew and Thumper Show anymore and I hope that those who have come to know us understand this subtle change in the tempo.
Another highlight of today which is a tempo that has not changed is yet another realization for both of us that we married two amazing people who are probably too good for either of us in the grand scale of life.
I blurted this out to him tonight at dinner after having just enough alcohol to have blurred my internal censors, but it’s just such a great fact and something he and I have in common that make us both very lucky men. This thought was sparked in my head because today within about five minutes of each other, Axel texted me and Belle called Thump. The second line in his text to me was “if I am interrupting anything, just get back to me later” which I didn’t really think much about until she called and, through the phone, I heard her ask him the same question. In reality, we were sitting in the floor looking at templates for a new blog I am starting that will detail Axel’s next few weeks for his friends and family (so they won’t call, text or, God forbid, visit) so it couldn’t have been more mundane and an interruption was probably welcomed, but, the fact that they actually asked that just hit me in that good spot and, while I can’t imagine actually saying something back like “yeah, gimme five and oh, look, what’s that, oh, he’s waving hello to you because his mouth is full”, I can just be happy that they’d likely not think twice about it if I did.
More specifically and in addition, in Thump’s case, he wrote yesterday about Belle being GGG. While most of those g’s are out of the realm of my business, I smiled the whole time I read that because I knew how proud he had to have been to have been able to tell the world that the love of his life gave him good, giving and game. In particular, he wrote, “Rarely has she ever made me feel anything but loved and accepted”, and that specific line stood out to me, because that is exactly how I feel about Axel and how he has made me feel over our 18 years together as well.
For these reasons, and many, many more, we are two thankful men who had a good day once again realizing how lucky we got.