There are three reasons for putting these lists here as part of Rose's memorial.
#1 - It makes me feel better to let everyone know the first section.
#2 - If you have a wife or husband that you care about, for goodness sake do all of the things in the first section and more. You will be glad you did. Do them while you have the chance before it's too late.
There are many things I planned to do that are not on the list, I kept putting them off until later. Well later never came, and final did, and I just wish I had done more of what I planned on doing.
#3 - Don't do the things in the second list. They may not amount to much, but the importance of not doing them has extreme value. Thankfully the first list is longer than the second.
I Am Thankful For . . .
Telling her I love her dozens of times a day.
Always kissing her before I left the house, even if I was only going to be gone for a few minutes.
Always kissing her even though we may have had a disagreement in progress.
Always kissing her and cuddling her the last thing at night before going to sleep, with "I love you" always being the last words.
A smile, and a squeeze every morning on awakening, with "I love you" being the first words of the day.
Telling her how much she was appreciated and how much she means to me many times daily.
The fact we enjoyed each other's presence, always.
The fact I never said one bad thing about her to anyone ever, not even in a joking manner.
Saying to everyone I could that she was the best thing that ever happened to me, and she was.
Telling her she was the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life.
Touching and hugging frequently to silently show the affection I had inside.
Watching movies and TV shows with her while holding hands, just cuddling and being together.
Sitting on the swing on the deck for hours during the summer months just enjoying each other.
Telling her I would never be able to do without her.
Being able to say these things and mean every word of it 100%.
I Am Not Thankful For . . .
Being grouchy when there was no need to be (not at her, but just at times in general).
Complaining frequently about trivial things, as if she were to blame.
Being critical of every little thing.
Not buying enough gifts for special occasions and taking things for granted.
Spending too much time on the internet/computer when I should have been paying attention to her.
Not noticing little decorative things she did until days later.
Not complimenting her enough on things she did well, such as her hobbies - just saying "Looks good to me," rather than giving full attention,with meaning, even though I thought I was doing it right at the time.
Not helping out with chores she had to do when we were younger.