In my relationship, I am the calmer and the peacemaker with a hot blooded, highly independent, extremely traditional red-headed woman.

She literally beats down animals 10-12x her body weight. Her skills of observation when combined with intelligence and never forget memory, means I am wrong 99% of the time.

But when I am right, and it does happen. I learn to be in love with the person and not my ego.

If I lived on a beach or in the Keys or at some nice Mexican villa near the pacific ocean. I would have zero allergies and concerns. I could get my athelete body back with a snap of the fingers.

I moved to Texas so my partner a female who runs her own ag business follow her dreams even if it is leading to the ruins of destitution.

I have allergic asthma now (oh boy give me a trophy), I require immunotherapy drugs to fight the IgE imbalance an it works but it hurts. So I am limited in that I can't walk in nature like I love and all that. So guess what exercise is very hard to do. When I exit the season for a few months here or there ... it is when the sun is 100 degrees and hot.

So I wear masks and fight to help and do, so with COVID it is just another Tuesday since I have done this for 2+ years., she would complain to me about look at how fat you are, you need to lose weight blah blah blah. Not realizing breathing through a rubber industrial mask made for oil fields in 95-degree weather with sweat pooling in it is "miserable". Did you know you can watch one's heart rate wearing a mask spike? I can watch it sitting idle in a chair going from 70ish to 80-105 BPM.

So I see Covidiots and I just shake my head and say, you big friggin baby and coward.

So when the mandatory masks started she had to wear the surgical style masks that I got her. We went shopping for a fan of a horse. I get my mask on, adjust my glasses, and I am waiting while she fusses itches her nose and all that. She never wore a mask before. We go in shop and all that go back out and the minute we are out she rips that mask off … I leave mine on. You know allergic asthma with SARS-COV-2 not a good mix. (I have had SARS and MERS and was out of commission 3 weeks each time).

She looks at me with a look in her eye. Oh my God Alan, this shit sucks it is hot and miserable and itches my nose etc …. I said I know it is a bitch.

We get off to get sandwiches to eat on the drive home. When she put her mask on I stuck my finger in the hole in the side you see with mask … and said look at these holes. You get a fuck ton of air in here. Look at my P100 mask … see the lines on my face where it seals down …. picture me now.

I decided to be right and I told you so, would limit the bonding in the relationship. As a fun joke, she always state she is right and why did she pick me. My comment was … isn’t it awesome to know the 1% when I was right was when I stated so you want to be my girlfriend and partner for life later?

The look …. #priceless

Lover of people, Texas Feminist Liberal Democrat, Horse Farm, High Tech Gadget ENFP Guy, and someone who appreciates the struggle of women and wants to help.