Here is the ‘hard and short’ part of the exercise:
(Previously posted was a writing exercise in which I tried to use mostly — not all, but mostly — soft consonants and long vowels to describe a character. So this is the version with focus on hard consonants and short vowels. Again, just mostly. Also, I am too lazy to link to the other one, but it’s the post just before this one if you care and are just dying to see it. But really, you don’t need to bother.)
People often don’t think he exists. But he makes buckets of tear drops when they watch Love Actually. He is not like other husbands. Well, more accurately, he doesn’t do the things most of the other wives complain that their husbands do. Watch too much TV, too many sports. Drink too much alcohol. He prefers cooking, video games, and practicing masterful origami. But it is deeper than that, bigger than that.
He worships her. Everything he does, she is his motivation. He can be trusted completely with her happiness. He rubs her bad ankle when his arthritis botches his finger movements and every tendon aches. He wakes up before her on his days off (when he could tell she was cranky last night) to make her eggs and coffee with a cinnamon stick.
He expresses his love verbally in spite of possible judgment when the guys are in ear shot.
He touches her every chance he gets and lets her be when she wants space. He goes to the store for medicine in the middle of the night if she gets sick. He puts her in front of everything. He zigs and zags so that she can rest. He picks up after her (she can be sloppy, but he never would call her a slob).
She learns from him how to be a better person. She thinks of how to be loving and have compassion for other people because of him.
Update 6-7-14: Wish I would have used, ‘chocolate biscotti’ instead of ‘cinnamon.’