Relationships

How ‘kinda cheating’ on my wife gave me new eyes for her

Husband's Facebook confession goes viral

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Sought-after comedian Jason Hewlitt is not shy about sharing with the world the love he has for his wife and four children. Hewlitt often uses his Facebook page not only to promote his upcoming acts, but also to update his fans about his family.

Unexpectedly, one of these family updates went viral, amassing 407,000 likes. It highlighted a chance encounter with his wife, Tami, at a nearby department store. She never realized he was behind her in the checkout line and it gave him the chance to look at her with new eyes.

Hewlitt related the unique experience on Facebook and how it allowed him the opportunity to fall in love with her all over again.

Here is his detailed account:

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“Kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I think I sort of cheated on my wife today. To explain what I mean, I was at Target getting a few manly things, you know — eyebrow tweezers, toenail clippers, beard trimmers, mustache molding waxes, some beef jerky, sardines, trail mix, a loofah — and as I went to pay I saw this woman in line that knocked me out. I thought, ‘Wow, some lucky guy is with her,’ and in a split second I realized it was my wife!

You know, it was just out of context to see my spouse at the same store, in the same line, living her life and not knowing she might be at the same place, same time, different car. There was a person between us, so I just watched my cute little Love, tried to text her stuff like, ‘Hey Hottie’ and ‘What are you buying now my Babelicious?’ — none of which got her attention as she was looking for a coupon she’d saved just for this purchase. So I gave up getting her attention (as you can imagine I easily could have humiliated her by leaping on the register as a Raptor and really making her publicly proud) and instead just stood back and silently observed my feelings about this woman.

First off, I was taken aback by how amazingly beautiful she is once again. I believe I see it often, but today, not knowing she was at the store, I saw her with new eyes and just couldn’t believe I get to be her fella. It made me blush — but no one could see it under my huge monster Movember beard. Second, it amazed me that she didn’t notice me in the slightest. This is both a good and a bad thing. Good in that she doesn’t have a wandering eye. Good in that she didn’t see the creepy dude with the overgrown mink on his face peering over her shoulder. But maybe that’s bad, too, like what if it hadn’t been me? I need to get her another can of Mace just in case. But it was also bad because I realized how close I came to not ever winning her love in the first place, and the herculean efforts I had to make all those years ago to even get her attention just to say yes to one date! For a minute I felt that familiar grief of doom when I first saw her and knew well, that’s impossible. But somehow I nabbed her despite my insecurities, inabilities, and imperfections.

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Third, I was ultimately so pleased to see her in complete confidence on this day, as the independent, capable, humble, fun, sweet, kind, awesome person she is. And then she grabbed her things and walked out the door. I never said anything, didn’t flag her down, just watched her walk away, admiringly, knowing she’s my wife and I love everything about this woman. She rarely looks at Facebook so she won’t see this post, she won’t realize she was kind of cheated on today, but I thought I’d share with you all since I’m just a dweeby guy making my way through life, and at the same time sure there are those who have had the same experiences regarding their loved ones in one way or another, and these moments are perfect.

Lesson of the Day: It’s good to look at those we love with fresh eyes whenever we can to remind us how lucky we are to have their light in our lives.”

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Not many are given this beautiful opportunity to gaze at one’s spouse from a distance, stirring up embers that have grown dim over time. Let us be thankful for our spouse and look at them with new eyes, realizing their beauty and renewing our pledge to love them until “death do us part.”

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