In Heartfelt Post, Woman Explains Why She Doesn’t Care That Her Husband Leaves His Shoes In The Middle Of The Living Room Floor

source: Quora/Kathy Pennell

I will be the first person to admit that marriage isn’t always a walk in the park. My husband and I love one another, but our relationship has been full of ups and downs, and we have gone through our fair share of rough patches. Relationships take an overwhelming amount of effort, communication, patience, forgiveness, and teamwork – and this is something that is all too easy to forget.

In a simple but heartfelt post on Quora, Kathy Pennell writes about why she doesn’t care that her husband sometimes leaves his shoes in the middle of the living room floor. It’s a beautiful reminder of why marriages work – and I’m going to share it with you all below.

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“My husband left his shoes in the middle of the living room floor.”

“I saw them last night—they are hard to miss. He’s a tall guy and he wears big shoes.

So, instead of tripping over them, I picked them up and placed them into our closet.

I didn’t grumble.

I didn’t get mad.

I didn’t even say a word.

I know you might be thinking…

“Really, Leslie? He’s a 40-year-old man, he can pick up his own dang shoes.”

And you’re right. He can.

But I’m a 40-year-old woman and I can clean the trash out of my car and change the oil and I know I’m capable of helping my kids with their homework, but sometimes—I don’t do it.

But my husband does.

In fact, there’s a lot of things I don’t do that he does.

And there’s a lot of things I do, that he doesn’t.

We’ve learned after nearly 18 years of marriage, there’s just no reason to keep score.

We let go of the little things and work together on the big ones. We’re just two imperfect humans who love each other a lot and decided many years ago to be on the same team.

And to pick up the slack (and the shoes) when necessary.”

Let’s Spread the Kindness

I think this story is an important reminder that neither partner in a relationship is perfect, and that the little things are not worth stressing or nagging about. Marriages are not about keeping score – they are about teamwork, lifting one another up when needed, and above all else, being there for each other. Thank you for sharing, Kathy.