Wives, this Saturday, the third Saturday of April, marks the annual Husband Appreciation Day, a time to show your husband that you appreciate what he does for you. Whether he’s a pretty awesome husband like mine who takes care of kid duty while I work and generally tolerates my “wish list” of chores, a handy-Andy who fixes things around the house, a chef extraordinaire who whips up delicious foods, or just an all-around good guy who is there when you need him, be sure to tell him thank you this weekend. Here are a few ideas to do that.
- Take him out to dinner—and let him choose. If he’s like my guy, he’s either going to want a big burger or some barbecue from our local grill.
- Do his chores—let him sleep in and take out the garbage, do the running, or whatever he normally does on a Saturday.
- Let him have a favorite movie marathon while you do your thing. A lot of guys love to watch their favorite action flicks, horror movies, or Steven Segall films while many wives do not, after all.
- Encourage him to call in sick, especially if he never does but he is able to, and spend the day doing his favorite thing—fishing, tinkering, antique shopping, or just spending the day with his family.
- Go camping with him for the weekend. Make it a family affair or just the two of you.
- Schedule some lovey dovey time for the two of you. If you have children, send them to grandma’s or your best friend’s house.
- If he’s overseas or traveling, send him a heartfelt letter or email of appreciation. Skype with him if you can, or send him a silly video or picture of yourself. Hold up cheesy notes in a video or photo that say “I love you” or something more personal.
Of course, if your husband really doesn’t do squat, or is a complete deadbeat, aside from dropping him to the curb, you can always just act like it’s any other Saturday—or show appreciation to someone that does help you, such as a close friend or family member. Or if a friend has a spectacular husband who helps you out—say, mows the lawn sometimes, or takes your kids with hers on a playdate now and then—send him a card or note of thanks.