I remember my husband asking me one day if I wanted to learn how to cook on the grill.

I laughed and told him if he taught me how to grill, then I wouldn’t need him anymore. I quickly reminded him I didn’t need to be with him—I wanted to be with him.

But truth is, I do need him.

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I need him because he picks me up on the bad days and celebrates with me on the good ones.

I need him because he is honest with me. Even when I don’t want to hear it. Even more so when it hurts.

I need him because he can always make me laugh. One-liners. Bad dad jokes. Or just being ridiculous.

I need him because he makes me feel beautiful and confident. He puts me first and makes me a priority.

I need him because he respects me and prays for me.

I need him because no one else could tolerate the terrible singer I am.

I need him because of his constant support and encouragement.

I need him because he’s patient. He listens. He understands. He lets me cry.

I need him because he leads, provides, and protects our family.

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I need him because he opens the doors, does all the heavy lifting, and carries down the piles of things I place on top of the stairs because for some reason I’m incapable of doing so myself.

I need him because he gives the best, warmest, longest hugs that can instantly make the whole world better.

I need him because he holds my hand at all the right moments.

I need him because he loves me through it.

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I need him because there is no one else I would want by my side.

I need him.

This post originally appeared on Mondays with Michelle

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Michelle Haskell

Michelle Haskell is an all-American girl from the Sunflower State. Her writings are raw - they come from the heart and are inspired by real life events. She is married to an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast, and together they are raising two girls and a boy - three under three! Michelle documents life through a canon lens, dreams of being a songwriter, loves chips and queso, and believes in the oxford comma. Essential parts of her life include coffee and dessert for breakfast, second-hand shopping, her girlfriends, Christmas, and themed parties. Michelle’s youngest brother has a mitochondrial disease.  To learn more about this disability please visit the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. To learn more about Michelle, please visit her blog Mondays with Michelle and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.