When I was a kid, I will never forget how Jerry Lewis portrayed ‘The Nutty Professor.’ It was absolute hilarity and it was our kind of simple humor way back when that I so loved and appreciated. I got a kick out of Eddie Murphy’s portrayal as well and my all time favorite scene was when Eddie’s on-screen mom clapped at the rather over-weight boy at the dinner table as he flexed his muscles and she chanted, “Her-cu-leez, her-cu-leez.” I still use this phrase when my son insists on points out something ‘strong’ he’s done. He’s such a goober.
I am now married to a Nutty Professor, who also so happens to be the love of my life and wildly entertaining. I feel as if I am a bit of an anthropologist here lately as I observe him slowly buzzing around our house doing his weird little things or talking about things that need to be done but won’t happen as he gets sidetracked nearly 4000 times per day. It is absolutely adorable and he has definitely taught me patience in a whole new venue.
It is not uncommon for him to lay his phone down somewhere, pretty much every day, and ask me or some other human occupant of our home to call his phone. One time, we heard his butt ring as he discovered it was in his back pocket. He is also the type of person who has his sunglasses on top of his head as he meanders around trying to figure out where he put them as all of us giggle at the hilarity of the situation. He has also left his wallet at work more times than I can count and has to carefully drive back to retrieve it in order to get there so as not to get pulled over license-less.
In the morning when he wakes up, I have to tip toe around for at least 2 hours while my precious not-a-morning-person husband very slowly wakes up. I, on the other hand, am a morning person who wakes up with a spring in my step and ready to tackle the day. This baffles the Professor as he watches me buzz around at a much quicker pace, tackling what needs to be done each day. I not only talk about what needs to be done, I do it and then some. I drive him a bit mad I believe, but the feeling I have watching him meander around is one of irritating love and how adorable he is.
Now, this is not to say he is not intelligent or lazy. No, he is a physicist, a rocket scientist, and has a title of a systems engineer at his job. I can’t give you any more than that as I secretly believe he thinks he’s kind of a 007 of sorts. He also pulls his weight around in chores so just because he talks about something and it doesn’t always get done, he is a champ at the little things such as emptying the dishwasher, getting groceries, starting dinner, etc.
The man can also fix anything and if he can’t, he will watch every video, read every article, etc. until he figures it out. This is one of the things I fell in love with, his persistence at figuring a problem out. He also has an incredibly sweet disposition and a heart that feels very deep, something else I love about him.
My Nutty Professor treats me like a queen and shows me more respect than I could ever hope for. I am always pointing things out to my two kids about things to look for in their future spouse and I use the Professor as an example for many of them because he is just a good soul, y’all. I am so blessed and lucky to have him as my partner in this nutty world.
In addition to all of his qualities, there are more but I’ll not go on as he would die if he knew I was writing this blog about him, he cracks me up to the point of wetting my pants on a regular basis. For such a quiet man, his sense of humor is not lacking. I have never had as much fun with someone until I met the Professor. He is a ball and not at all afraid to have fun.
Here’s to all the Nutty Professors out there and to the folks that love them.