Well, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and many women will receive roses tomorrow, but there are some of us who probably won’t. So, I’m re-printing a post I did in September in hopes that it will help anyone who DOESN’T receive roses to count the blessings they have.
September 26, 2007
One Friday morning beautiful, long-stemmed red roses arrived at the office for Loretta with a card that just said, “Happy Friday, Love, Dick” That was just about the most romantic thing that my 18 year old self had ever seen! So, that evening when Hubby-in-waiting and I went out, I told him that romantic story. He didn’t say much but I found out later he WAS listening.
The next Friday evening when we went out, I found out what Hubby-in-waiting felt he had learned from the story about Loretta and Dick — fiancee’s liked surprise gifts! So, when we got in his car to go to a movie. he pulled out a little box with a bow on it, and, of course, professed his love. How exciting! It was a long box, so maybe a bracelet! But, I couldn’t really picture him picking something like that out — so I opened the box to find what he HAD lovingly picked out — a beautiful — (drum roll) — pen and pencil set.
Hmm. I’d like to say that I ohhhed and ahhhed over said pen and pencil set, but I remember my 18 year old self well enough to be pretty sure Hubby-to-be would have easily read my underwhelmed-ness.
Over the years I have told this story many, many times — always with lots of laughs at the punch line. And Hubby has always just smiled and taken the ribbing good naturedly that he always gets about it. But, I have come to treasure this as a story that says so much about who Hubby is. He loves me but he tempers that love with practicality — something that I have always been short on myself. He is a rock not a fluffy cloud.
Hubby is not perfect. But, he is the absolutely perfect husband for me. God knew that when He gave Hubby to imperfect me. I am so blessed with my thermal underwear, savings bond, pen & pencil set guy.
God’s blessings are sometimes in pen and pencil sets when we’d rather have roses. May we all be able to see the love in the gift more than the gift in the box.