Like most women, I’m responsible for planning just about everything. That’s just how it is. So when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday last week I said, “Surprise me.”
I immediately worried that I sounded *bitchy* and then after that I worried that I was setting the poor man up for failure. To reassure myself I asked my Facebook friends what they thought.
My Facebook post:[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Am hoping I didn’t sound ‘bitchy’ when Mark asked what I wanted for my birthday. My reply? ‘I plan everything for everyone all the time. Surprise me!’ Am now seriously worried and hoping I didn’t shoot myself in the foot!” (You can see my post and the response it got here.)[/quote]
I loved the responses I got. They ranged from “Good luck” to “make sure you have bandages around for that foot”.
Well I have to tell you that Mark hit it out of the park and to be fair I posted that too.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”Birthday update: Mark hit it out of the park! I got a gift certificate to get my car detailed, he went to replacements.com and ordered the gravy boat that was missing from my grandmother’s china (AND replaced a few of the chipped plates) – wait! I’m not done yet! He then took me out on the town. Way better than I could have come up with on my own. He’s a keeper!!!”[/quote]
And that leads me to my new favorite gift idea.
I inherited a set of china plates from my grandmother. The back story? When my father was stationed in Okinawa he got his mother (my grandmother) a beautiful set of plates. I have an entire set with 10 place settings – dinner plates, salad plates, bread plates, serving plates, soup bowls, dessert bowls, creamer and sugar bowl. I was missing the gravy boat and a few of the pieces were chipped.
Not any more!
So the bottom line is this – if you threaten your husband with making you happy, he just might!