6. Always make time for the little things…
“We have a ritual where he tucks me in, because I’m usually in bed before anybody…He’ll come and turn the lights out and give me a kiss, and we’ll talk. He’s like, Ready to be tucked? I’m like, Yes I am.
That has always been a tradition. It is just one of the many ways that Barack shows me and the girls how special we are, and that’s the thing that touches me about him. I don’t care what’s on his plate, I don’t care what he’s struggling with, when he steps off that elevator into our residence, he is Barack, and Dad. There’s just those little things that you do that reminds ya, “I still got ya.” — (Michelle Obama on “The View”, May 2012)
7. Trust and loyalty means everything.
“I do care deeply about my husband. I am one of his biggest allies. I am one of his biggest confidants. –( Michelle Obama in an interview with Gayle King “CBS News”, January 2012)
8. It’s okay to upgrade or be upgraded!
“Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song, ‘Let me upgrade ya!’ She upgraded me. There’s no doubt I’m a better man having spent time with Michelle.” – (Barack Obama in “Vogue Magazine” April 2013)
9. Refuse to get so comfortable that you forget about the things that made you fall in love in the first place — especially date nights
“Family is not just two folks raising kids, but it’s two people building a life together […] We learned how to sustain our relationship at a distance which is why carving out that time, making sure we have Friday or Saturday date nights and making sure it’s just not going to a movie. You can’t talk at a movie, you can’t ask the questions and look them in the eye.
So we usually go out to dinner and what I’ve found interesting is that our girls like it. My oldest daughter says it makes me feel good to see you and dad hold hands, you know, and we forget about that. We think that they don’t care about that but they like the fact that they know that we love each other. That gives them security. So sometimes you lose sight of that when you think, ‘well as long as are taking care of the kids, the kids are okay.’ The kids want you to have a life together, they want to know that my mother and father love each other and if they love each other that much, they are going to love me.” –(Michelle Obama, “TV One” Interview, 2009)
10. There’s nothing wrong with dating potential (just make sure they aren’t a potential problem 🙂 )
Via actor Hill Harper: “There’s a fourth year attorney at a very prominent Chicago law firm who’s doing extremely well, she’s on her way to becoming partner. A guy wants to date her, who had just gotten out of school, didn’t have a job, had a car with a hole in it. Had no money but she’s a very successful lawyer and she’s actually practicing in her hometown where she has incredible relationships. He’s not even from the town, he doesn’t know anybody.
She saw potential in him. In fact, she saw it so much that when they were married, she was the primary breadwinner in the family for the first 10 maybe more years in the family.
Now he’s the President of the United States and she’s the first lady. That is dating potential!” — (Actor Hill Harper Speaks on The Obama’s on The Steve Harvey Show, 2010)
Beautiful! Which moment inspired you the most?