I have a really, really, really amazing husband. Really, he’s amazing. One of his most amazing traits is gift giving. He’s freakin’ fantastic at it. I think it’s because he’s an observer. There’s not a lot of talking when he’s involved and I never can get the ‘low down’ on anything from him because he does not engage in nor is interested in gossip…but this man knows what to get most anyone. I’m not talking expense…I’m talking fit. Here’s an example.
One year we did not have a lot money around the holidays (which is pretty much every year – hee hee) – so we agreed on a dollar amount limit (some years, we decide on a theme – like only food or must fit in a stocking etc). So on Christmas Eve, he’s sequestered himself in the music/computer/art room (AKA “the Middle Room”) and has been in there for what seems like HOURS. Our son is at his grandparent’s house awaiting our arrival for the Christmas Eve festivities and I’m frantically getting all the wrapping done before we go so that we’re not up until Midnight doing the ‘Santa’ thing. I hear a lot of cursing coming from the Middle Room and my curiosity is peaked. But I must wait for the ritual. For over 20 years we’ve celebrated Christmas the same way. His family celebrates Christmas Eve and my family is more about Christmas Day – so our compromise was to open our gifts to each other around midnight so we could celebrate both Christmas Eve and Day (now that we’re older – we’ve dubbed 10PM Christmas Eve as ‘good enough because it’s Midnight someplace’). We always do this just me and him and save family presents with our son on the Eve and the Day. ANYWAY I could BARELY get through the evening because I was so curious about whatever he was doing in that Middle Room for TWO hours.
Finally, we settle down and begin our exchange – each person must take turns opening one gift at a time. And we love to wrap EVERYTHING – because it makes it more fun. That particular year I had become a MAD Dexter and League of Gentleman fan. So what did my fabulous spouse have for me? Yes, you’re absolutely right – he made me SNOW GLOBES! One was Dexter and one was from The League of Gentlemen. Not only did they have great pictures that he painstakingly put in, but it also had a recording feature. Dexter’s said “I don’t have a badge, I have a laminate” and “I really need to kill someone” … so why was he in the Middle Room swearing on Christmas Eve? Well, when he was wrapping his fabulous gifts, he accidentally ERASED the messages and had to do the whole thing again. That is love and dedication RIGHT THERE!
This past Christmas was no exception. He came through with my fabulous Garmin but outdid himself on Christmas morning. He surprised me and our son with a tandem bike. Even though my husband does not like riding bikes and worries endlessly about my biking safety, he has always supported my commuter biking lifestyle. He knows how bummed out I was when our son was unable to learn how to easily ride a bike due to some balance issues. My fantasy of long bike rides together to the Farmer’s Market, to the store, on the Riverwalk and other places around town were crushed.
At first I was skeptical that our son would even want to ride or even if he could ride – but that was a worry wasted! The day our friend came over to help put the bike together my son was absolutely NOT INTERESTED IN BIKING. So I didn’t push it…about 2 hours later, he was ‘curious’ if his helmet still fit…so we tried it on…still fit! About 20 seconds after that he asked if we could take a spin around the block. And we loved it! My kid has even mentioned learning to ride his OWN bike!!! See what kind of awesome husband I have? I would not have thought to get a tandem bike – and now we have one. And it’s been amazing. Exercise, outdoors, being together, improving balance – all good things in my book. I am a lucky woman. And yes, I’m biking in shorts in JANUARY.