The other day I looked out the kitchen window to see my husband and our two oldest kids huddled around some planks of wood outside. He’d just finished sawing them down to size, and was getting the kids to hold them in place so he could drill them together.
He was making a stand for our microwave, to raise it up off the bench and give me a bit of extra storage space in the kitchen. (If there’s any phrase that gets my blood pumping faster, it’s “storage space” – be still my beating heart!)
He had the idea when we went on holidays over Christmas, and the holiday house had this great wooden stand for the microwave.
“Huh – that’s pretty nifty!” he said, “I could probably make one of those.”
So the next week, off he went to Bunnings to buy a hand saw and an assortment of wood off-cuts for $5.
Then he measured it up, and wham, bam, thank you… man(?) We have a new stand for our microwave!
Now I just have to figure out what to use the space for!
That’s just the kind of person he is.
He has an idea and runs with it, testing it’s viability along the way. He’s a dreamer and a doer. He’s a creative problem-solver. He’s not content to merely step around an obstacle when he could figure out a way to remove it altogether. He’s always trying to come up with new, more efficient ways of doing things.
He’s a true visionary.
I love this about him. And sometimes it drives me crazy.
I remember doing an interview with Colin Buchanan many years ago, before I was married. (It was possibly the highlight of my journalistic career, to date.)
He made a comment about how he was a very creative person, always getting caught up in the whirlwind of a new idea that he had to chase down. And he said that his wife was very patient to put up with him.
I laughed because I couldn’t imagine how it could be hard to live with a creative person, least of all someone as creative and funny as Colin Buchanan!
But now I totally get it. Living with a creative, visionary husband has it’s fun parts and it’s pull-your-hair-out hard parts.
And I feel like this is a side of my husband that I am just starting to have a real appreciation for.
So here are some of the joys and challenges that I have found in being with my visionary man:
He Inspires Me to Get Stuff Done
My husband is always inspiring me with his “just do it” attitude. When I have an idea, I’ll sit down and do a brainstorm, make a 5 point risk assessment plan and then just take some time to think it over. Meanwhile, he’s over there having done his research, given it a go and moved onto phase 2 plans to iron out the kinks!
I love the way he just takes the opportunities as they arise to keep chipping away at projects, until they are done.
I have a lot to learn from him about not letting fear and perfectionism get in the way, but just having a try!
Time is Irrelevant
Being a very goal-oriented person means all clock-reading abilities go out the window when he is working towards a goal.
This is a regular conversation in our house:
“How long are you going to be, honey?”
“About 10 more minutes!”
“So, 30 minutes then?”
The challenging part of this is that I feel like I am constantly shifting around the other elements of our life to make the time available. This makes it hard to plan things in advance.
He’s a Fun Dad
He’s always thinking up fun and exciting things to do with the kids, whether it be climbing a new local hill, tying up a swing in the gumtree out back or building a billy-cart with spare wood off-cuts.
It gives me so much joy when I see the love bonds between the kids and their dad growing, and growing in a way that is different to my bond with them.
There are many things he does with them that I simply wouldn’t have thought of or I would have considered too risky. I’m glad they have a Dad who helps them to challenge themselves physically and learn new things about their world every day.
He’s a Man with a Plan
My husband works in IT at the moment. He’s really good at it (and he has mad google skills). But what amazes me is that he has already anticipated a time when his skill set will be redundant, likely replaced by super computers. And he is planning for this future by working NOW to make his hobby and passion into a viable business opportunity.
Not only am I so impressed by this, I am so glad I get to witness someone making their dreams come true. And I get to help it happen.
He Makes Stuff
He has already created and launched an electronica music album. For the last several years he’s thrown himself into learning the emerging trade of building electric bikes. And most recently he has designed a bike part that didn’t exist, but was sorely needed by him and others, and is now ordering a (small) production run to sell and make a profit.
He Breaks Stuff
Take an object. What is it meant for? What are its limits? No, not what the box says… what are its real limits?
Yes, an inordinate amount of things get broken around our house because they have been pushed, poked and prodded to their limit. But this is something I have come to accept as the flip-side of his creativity. If he didn’t push things to their limit and figure out what the breaking point was, then he wouldn’t think of how that thing could be improved or made stronger.
I did have to laugh the other day when, as we were leaving to go on a date, he stopped to brief the babysitter on what to do if his work table spontaneously combusted. I think he might have scared her a little.
He’s a Problem Solver
There are many examples I could think of here, but the one that springs to mind is of last weekend when we were without power for 48 hours. Before it got dark on the first night, he ran around the house, rigging up bike batteries and LEDs and placing torches around the house so that we would have enough light later in the evening. The next day he boiled water on the BBQ so we could wash some dishes.
I love this about him, because these are the kinds of things I don’t even think about.
I know I can come to him with a problem, and he will probably have a good idea about how to fix it.
What a blessing it is to live with and love this man each day, with all his perks and quirks!