A woman who’s been happily married for 10 years and whose husband is still her primary caregiver says he has a hard time letting go of the bookshelf he built with his own two hands.
“He’s a bit of a perfectionist,” Lana Wood says.
“The best part of being a primary caregivership partner is being able to give back to the community.”
Wood, who is in her 40s, says her husband has a very special appreciation for books, and she’s never seen him have an issue with them.
“I’ve never seen any sort of issue with it,” Wood says, adding that she is surprised at how much he enjoys her collection.
Wood has been married to her husband for 10 decades, and says he is a huge book collector.
“You know how when I see a book I think, this is the one I like best,” Wood tells Business Insider.
“And then I go and pick it up and I think ‘this is something I’m really going to cherish for the rest of my life.’
And it’s just so much fun to watch him read through it.”
Wood says her collection is more than 20,000 books, including books she’s given away as gifts.
She says she and her husband had their first child two years ago, and he’s still her most important role model.
“For him to be able to do that and still be a role model for me as a person is really, really special,” Wood said.
“His love of books and his love for people to share and his passion for learning are the ones that really make this work.”
Wood also says her wife loves his new book, a biography of her late husband, George Wood, a former president of the University of Saskatchewan who served as Saskatchewan’s chief executive for 14 years.
Wood’s husband died of a heart attack in 2013, and Wood says he’s in a better place now.
Wood says she’s happy to see her husband moving on from the role he played as chief executive, but she says he will miss being able for her to have a role in his life.
Wood said her husband would still like to be a principal caregiver, but that she’s not willing to let go of that one-time job.
“At some point, that’s going to change,” Wood told Business Insider, adding she plans to keep the book collection alive and well.