Every birthday, anniversary, and gift-giving holiday, I try to write a letter or note to Kenny. As I’ve been thinking about this year’s Valentine’s Day edition, it occurred to me how much I learn from his example. Kenny is such a unique person. You know what I mean if you’ve met him! There’s so much I love about who he is, but what’s on my mind are the things I’ve learned from him over our four years together. Here are a few…
I’ve learned that people match your energy and mood. Kenny is the most enthusiastic and friendly person I know and you can actually see that spread to those he interacts with, whether at school, church, or the grocery store. He leaves people in a better mood than they were before meeting him. All it takes after I have a bad day is ten minutes chatting with Kenny and everything becomes okay again.
From Kenny I’ve learned that working hard pays off in the long run. With the exception of my dad, I’ve never met someone who works as hard as he does. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and has incredibly high standards for himself. Along the same lines, mediocrity is just not an option for Kenny. He’ll work harder and longer to rise above average. His dedication always impresses me.
I’ve learned the advantages of erring on the side of kindness and giving others the benefit of the doubt. Being married to someone who assumes the best of you is such a blessing and one of those things I want to become better at myself. If you’ve ever worried that you’ve said something that offended Kenny, you can relax knowing that he probably assumed the best of you and holds no hard feelings. Unless you did something really crazy. :)
Kenny believes more than most that friendships are an important part of life and deserve to be nurtured. To Kenny this means quality time, deep conversations, extreme loyalty, and possibly road trips. :) I want to be a better friend to others because of the way he nurtures his own relationships.
And the best thing I’ve ever learned from Kenny Kitchen Brown: don’t be afraid of being your truest self. It’s a waste of time to pretend otherwise and people will love you more because of it.