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May 10, 2014

Josh Drespling: With anniversary down, Mother’s Day would be a clean sweep

NEW CASTLE — I did it. I finally did it. I broke down and did something I never thought I would do.

Allow me to set the stage for you. My 10th wedding anniversary was rapidly approaching and, as usual, my mind was a mass of kinetic flux trying to conjure up a gift of grand proportions. I am never satisfied with just an ordinary gift. It can't be the cop-out, “I don’t know you well enough” or “care enough” gift card kind of gift. It has to have some effort and thought put into it. It has to be personal and memorable, or what's the point.

This was our 10th year of marital bliss and I had to swing for the fences. However, I quickly was running out of time. Every idea I had seemed lame or pointless. I asked around, and everybody offered the same cliché' advice:  flowers, dinner, jewelry, blah, blah, blah, you bore me.

Day after day I racked my brain, scoured the Internet, and wandered through department stores aimlessly in hopes of running smack dab into that omnipotent ray of light from the heavens whose soft warm glow would fill me with all the gift giving wisdom of the ages. Much to my disappointment, this moment of clarity never came, and I was left empty-handed with very little time to spare.

And then ... there it was, like an epiphany from God Himself. The idea smacked me across the face like a ton of bricks. I doubted the clarity of my vision and went back and forth on whether to follow through with the idea. I considered the very real possibility that my wife may be offended by the gift. I also pondered the prospect that she may love it, and I would score the mother load of brownie points.

I ramped up the courage to follow through and grabbed my cell phone. I quickly shot off a text to a young lady that I have known peripherally for years. You see, she cleans houses. I asked her if she and her services would be willing to be my gift to my wife on this significant occasion.

We worked out the money end of things and the scheduling over the next couple days, and I had everything all set. I found a very nice card and left a lovely note inside explaining the gift to my wife.

As most of you know, I have a crazy work schedule that requires me to get up at 3:30 a.m. every day. This schedule keeps me from seeing anybody in the morning, except maybe the cat. Thus, I had to leave my card with the reveal of the gift on the kitchen counter for my wife to find on the morn of our anniversary.

I was at work for four or five hours and my phone was blowing up. Apparently, my wife had told the world, and all the woman in her life were drooling over her gift. The Facebook comments went on about how awesome of a husband she has, and how they all wanted to steal me away. Needless to say, I earned a lifetime's worth of brownie points.

She loved the gift and thought it was perfect. You could hear the little squeal of delight in her voice as she talked about it. It made me all warm and fuzzy knowing I had provided this heartfelt gift that made my wife feel special and important. It was not only a gift that marked the day, but a gift that kept giving and reminding her of what the day meant to me for years to come. Every time she sees the house sparkling, she can think of the ongoing gift I gave her with fondness and appreciation.

I felt like I scored a perfect 10 on our 10-year anniversary. Now I have to conquer this whole Mother's Day thing.

 

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