Cooties, Cowboys and Peter Pan - A Valentine's Day Story

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC NC 226467

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Green Bug - CootiesMy husband has cooties. That's what we say in our house when someone has the flu. He started that saying one day when he told my 4 year old daughter, "Don't get too close, hon, I don't want you to get my cooties." We kept it, and now, last night and today, he's been locked away in his cave, percolating in his cooties!

Now my husband is no Peter Pan or one of the Lost Boys who is looking for a mother.

He won't be pampered or nagged. He's pretty stoic. When he's sick, he's more likely to be compared to Doc Holliday, in Tombstone, even looking so pathetic!

When I had the cooties a week or so ago, he went to the store and got Nyquil for me. I take two and I'm knocked out! I can sleep for 12 or 15 hours and when I wake up, I'm usually a lot better. But my husband is different. He can't take cold medicine (who knows why--he's just one of those) because he gets very jittery, can't sleep, and then wakes me up about twenty times a night saying nonsensical things like, "Baby, the girls." There's no Nyquil for him; he'll only take Vitamin M (800mg Motrin, for you old soldiers) to break a fever and quiet the aches.

Now, I'm a Dominican by birth, and cowboys and stoics are not really a Dominican thing, you know? Still, as the years go by, I've learned a few things about how to handle a crotchety old cowboy!

Julissa Jumper Bread-MakerMy husband loves bread, and he loves when I make it for him. I make it from scratch, starting with milling the wheat myself, and I have several recipes that are favorites of his. He tears into my bread, dipping it in olive oil and spices, or slathering it in butter and honey.

So, today, I made bread, and then I had to run out to pick up some things. He called me, sounding pathetic of course, and said, "Baby, the timer just went off, am I supposed to do something here. I told him to run upstairs and take the bread out of the oven, knowing it's the one thing he'll come out of his cave for. It was my early Valentine's Day gift for him.

And it worked. Look what Doc Holliday wrote on my Facebook, even if he is still locked away in his cave:

Julissa Jumper's Facebook

How will I know when he's better? He'll start teasing the girls about eating all the bread and leaving none for him. He'll strip the bed apart and wash everything (probably twice.) He'll pour a glass of wine to go with his bread and olive oil. And, he'll owe me a Valentines Day dinner--I can't wait to pick the place!

Comments (11)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Really cute! Just left you a message about the Valentine's Day contest.

Feb 12, 2011 01:35 PM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Julissa...souds like you know how to baby each other!    I am so happy he acknowleges you spoiling him!    I can almost smell the bread!  yummy stuff!!!

Feb 12, 2011 01:35 PM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Clever post, Julissa.  I loved the story.  Gave me the warm and fuzzies.

Feb 12, 2011 02:45 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Sweet story.  There are so many ways to appreciate it.  Love Tombstone - the best Wyatt Earp Movie ever.  Love home made bread.  Your husband sounds like a cool guy.  Glad you got a biblical perspective on life.  If you want to understand America you need to see and Understand the movie High Noon.

Feb 12, 2011 03:55 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Julissa - Very unique and nice story. Happy Valentines Day.

Feb 12, 2011 04:20 PM
Julissa Jumper
Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, NC Real Estate

Margaret: Thanks for the notice. I posted it in Gorup.

Deborah: This house can be the best place in the world when bread is baking!

Jane: Thnaks for visitng. I saw you video and I think you're so cool!

Gene: He's seen Tombstone a few too many times, I think!

Hi John: Hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks.

Feb 13, 2011 03:58 AM
Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
The key to your real estate needs!

Julissa, I love the references to Tombstone...thats one of my favorite all time movies!  I hope Dana feels better soon...and so I have to get sick to get some bread?

Feb 13, 2011 12:45 PM
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Julissa~ How SWEET! I hope he is all better by tomorrow so you can celebrate it together!

Feb 13, 2011 02:11 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Great story Julissa, thank you for sharing that! I hope your house is now cootie-free!

Feb 15, 2011 05:08 AM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO
First, LOVE your name, looks like you married the right guy, if only to give you that name! =o) Second, I am a combo of the two of you when it comes to the cold meds, some make me jump and bounce and climb right out of my skin when taken on an empty stomach, (could that be the problem?) and if taken with food, I am out like a light for 10-12 hours! I think you just might have a match made in heaven with your bread baking talents and his love of the stuff! In this category, I am not a match for your skills but like your hubs, I can put away some bread dipped in oil and herbs!
Feb 15, 2011 02:55 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

How fun - you covered all the bases in your post.  I love the video and photos.  My husband and I are bread fanatics too, but I don't make homemade very often.  You are something!  (The facebook post was so sweet!!!)  The love of a great husband is awesome, isn't it.

Feb 16, 2011 04:03 AM