There are some people who are quiet, deep souls who do not need recognition nor praise for what they do...
Johnny is one of those people. In fact, he prefers to go unnoticed through out life... Which is why some people ask me, 'What does Johnny do?'
The reality of it is, Johnny is the back bone, the wisdom, the balance to EVERYTHING. He is stable and non-emotional. He is a giver. Even more than me... I tend to be a talker, loud, and full of dreamy ideas, and 'up in the clouds' as my parents would say... but Johnny is the one who holds my string, and keeps me from floating off into space. He keeps me grounded. Albeit, I balance him, and keep him moving forward, too!
I get a lot of attention because I talk a lot and have passion about my ideas, but Johnny is quietly behind the scenes being the wind beneath my wings. He is consistent and solid... He keeps me focused on my goals when I get distracted, and he helps me attain them supporting me and believing in the ideas as well.
Johnny lives in the moment, in the now. He is consistent and likes routine. Every evening, he locks up the gate, the house, and makes sure everything is as it should be for the end of the day... then, after a short sleep, he wakes at 3:30 am and takes the dog out, he goes back to sleep, wakes at 6am and drives the girls to school. He runs errands for our home and spends countless hours waiting in long lines at the bank and other offices. He works on the Shire and picks the girls up from school. He diligently records all of the money stuff and keeps all of the records straight. He makes sure that the children are happy by giving them cash to spend and credit for their phones. He is the YES man. If the kids want something, they go to 'Daddy.' Now if they need comfort, first aid, or intimate questions answered, they come to me.
One thing you may not know about Johnny is that he loves mowing the grass. Yup. He can spend hours mowing the lawn. On The Shire, he can dig clay and haul wheelbarrows of sand up the hill. Something I do not have the strength to do! He actually has more stamina than I do. I always am surprised by this, but after 19 years, you think I would get used to it!
Johnny always makes sure our bills are paid on time and that those people we help are helped when needed. He handles most of the driving since it is crazy here in Kenya, and he makes sure that all of us are safe. (Something I never really think about!)
It takes BOTH of us to do what we do. Johnny and I are a team. When I am so exhausted and I can't think, Johnny will handle cooking and cleaning. He loves hanging clothes on the line, and he doesn't mind doing the things I really detest doing... like peeling potatoes!
He may be quiet. but he is consistent strength to me and a wonderful dad to the children. He is my soul mate, and the one who keeps me going.