Would you sacrifice several morning hours of sleep for your partner like this husband?
Boston-area entrepreneur and husband June Lopez shared on Facebook earlier this year that, for the past two years, he’s been waking up with his wife hours before dawn, so he can park outside the Dunkin’ Donuts at 4 A.M. where she works, just so she knows he’s nearby.
Since Lopez’s post in August, it’s gone viral, consistently shared and re-posted in various forms all over social media.
Lopez’s post is linked here, with a screenshot of it below.
“Almost 2 years now I’ll be outside at 4 AM posting in my car in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot because my wife has to open the store up, and she is afraid,” Lopez caption reads.”
“So, I make her feel comfortable knowing I’m outside in my car. It was cold today, so I grabbed a blanket out of the trunk. I don’t leave into her co-workers start showing up and the gas station next door opens up. Her safety is my responsibility”
The photos show the pre-dawn storefront of the Dunkin’ Donuts where his wife works, including a shot of Lopez all snuggled up in the front seat of his car.
For what it’s worth and to “fire back” at a handful of comments saying Lopez’s wife is the bread winner so he can easily do this, a quick look at his profile shows that Lopez is the owner-operator of his own HVAC company.
Since he can set his own hours, he’s shuffled around his own working schedule to fit with his wife’s early morning shift.
“That is love,” says Erika Parsons in the repost where I found this story. “That is a real man, and a real partner.”
“Good, solid man,” Tammy Davis commented. “I know she appreciates you.”
As you can imagine, there are hundreds of comments on the original post and re-posts much like the same two I posted above, and rightfully so.
Lopez could’ve easily pointed out to his wife that, according to reports, the Andover area is ranked one of the safest city’s in the United States.
Or, he could’ve handed her a can of pepper spray or a taser.
But there’s nothing that can replace the peace of mind knowing that there’s someone nearby who’ll, at a moment’s notice, come and protect you.
As they say, love is spelled T.I.M.E. and Lopez is certainly showing he caresby sacrificing those extra hours he could’ve spent snoozing in his own bed.
Props to you, Lopez.