The Self Talk

In case anyone should happen to think that I believe I’m being followed by pickles, it’s my husband who reads my posts every day, and no matter how many likes, comments or shares my posts receive (or don’t) he still tells me I’m great.

I love that guy!

He is often amazed that I can see faces in the swirling pattern of a shower tile or condensation on an airplane window. So, when one day at lunch he looked down at his plate and saw a pickle that had fallen from his sandwich staring back at him with a sly smile, he took a photo of it with his phone and sent it to me.

I was having a particularly difficult day. His thoughtful, unsolicited act, as the song says, filled my heart with gladness, took away my sadness, and eased my troubles. That’s what he does. Damage and baggage can make even the best relationships a continuous work in progress; ours is no different. We get distracted, frustrated, tired. Sometimes we need to be reminded to reach out in small ways to the ones we love. Just to say, “You’re important to me. I’m thinking about you.”

Have a listen to Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately”

The Self Talk

Howard Stern on an airplane. (You have to want it.)

31 thoughts on “My Loyal Follower

  1. Reminds me of the loves in my life–pickles and my husband! Not in that order, of course Thanks for sharing and oh, I do see Howard Stern in the airplane window. (Admittedly it took a minute though)

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      Lenore, thanks for taking the time to stop by. Loyal Follower was happy to see your comment on his page.

  2. jademwong says:

    I absolutely adore this. You and your husband seem to have the kind of love that makes others believe in love again. I wish you all the best ❤ So glad I found your blog!

    1. HonieBriggs says:

      You are very kind. Thanks for your comment!

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    I’m glad I “poked around” your blog this morning. I’ve gots me one of the good guys too. High five! Enjoy your break.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      High five rightbackatcha! Thank goodness for the good guys!! I guess break’s over. (almost)

  4. This is so sweet it makes me cuke.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Dill with it, Mr. Petruska.

      1. No need to act sour, Mrs. Briggs.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Sour? Me? Never. Sweetness is my bread and butter.

          1. I’m going to relish seeing how far this back-and-forth pickle banter takes us.

            1. Honie Briggs says:

              Pickle banter, that’s funny. Yeah, I got nothin’.

              1. Just wanted to see if it was kosher with you first, but we can definitely call it quits here.

              2. Honie Briggs says:

                Sure. That’s what happens when the chips are down. You can get in a pickle trying to be punny. HA!

  5. I’m so jealous! Congratulations, this doesn’t happen to everyone. Cherish it.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I do, Dawn. I truly do. But please, don’t be jealous. That makes me sad.

  6. Haven’t been on this page before. That’s totally Howard Stern! Awesome!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I know! Isn’t it? I could not believe my eyes!!

  7. Dawn Akemi says:

    Love often rests in the little things, like smiley faced pickles.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Exactly. Those are the things we remember!

  8. You were freshly pressed, so I started looking around your blog. I really had nothing to say, and was kind of afraid to leave a comment and look stupid. Of course, there would be a typo in my comment, too. … Anyway, I looked in on your pickle follower husband, and when I clicked the Van Morrison tune, I had to click the follow button, too. You had me. Great song. My all-time favorite song is by him – Someone Like You. … Hahaha on Howard Stern. Nice to meet you, Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Maddie, I’m so glad you did. Nice to meet you too. Yeah, can you believe that? Howard Stern right next to me on an airplane! I’m a nut, please feel free to comment anytime. No one here will EVER make you feel stupid. (Read it and weep scum bots)
      My motto is…well, I don’t really have a motto, oh wait…no.

      I don’t apologize for anything I write and as you may have read in some of the comments below, none are ever required at honiebriggs. Oh, that’s it – no shirt, no shoes, no apologies, no problem. Is that a motto?

      1. It’s a motto, and a good one at that. And now I have a Kenny Chesney tune in my head. 😉

  9. We all need someone to count on!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes we do and when I get in a pickle, this is the guy I turn to for support.

  10. Anonymous says:


    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Wrapped around my finger?

  11. Anonymous says:

    What is the name of this follower?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      What do you want it to be?

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