Wednesday, April 10, 2013

the anniversary present

{babysitting at Papa's house}
Here's the thing about The Husband; he's wonderful. He's sweet and cuddly, caring, kind, huge-hearted and gorgeous. Children love him, dogs love him, and men and women love him, pretty much everybody loves him. But of course he's not perfect (not by a long shot) and today I'm going to tell you  about a time he was really, really not perfect.

You know how my birthday was in February and I went to Dublin? Well that trip was kind of a birthday present, but kind of not. I actually needed to go there to take care of some stuff and it just happened to coincide with my birthday. But because a last minute plane ticket to Dublin is not cheap, I told The Husband that I was considering that my present, and not to even think about getting me anything else (The Husband can worry himself into quite a tizzy over presents... shopping for presents is his kryptonite).

When I returned from Dublin, The Husband started telling me all about some present that he had really wanted to get me, but he hadn't been able to find it anywhere. (How can you not find something, especially when there is this amazing contraption called 'the internet'? RE: KRYPTONITE) I told him not to worry about it, Dublin was more than enough, but out of curiosity, I asked what this elusive present was. He said, "you know, the thing for the foot that you put your foot in and it feels good with the water." HUH?!

And then I realized, he was talking about a foot spa. The present that The Husband had been searching all over for and was just dying to get me, was a plastic tub that I could fill with water and plug in. I smiled at him, as I do, and told him that that was a sweet thought, but not to worry about it, because I really didn't want a foot spa. "No?" he asked. "No" I replied. And so there wasn't any confusion, I told him that I was relieved he hadn't been able to find one, and I gave about a zillion reasons why I did not in fact want one and then named about a zillion things that I would prefer. (I find that in a language barrier relationship like ours, it's best to spell things out and make them as crystal clear as possible.)

Fast forward a month to our wedding anniversary.

Papa called, a package addressed to The Husband had been delivered to his house by accident. The Husband jumped up, shouted, "your present!" and then ran out the door (somebody found the internet). A few minutes later he returned with a large box. I eyed it suspiciously. There was something about the package that gave me an odd feeling, I couldn't put my finger on it, but I was sensing that there was something I most definitely did not like about it.

I looked at The Husband, as he stood there grinning ear to ear holding onto the box, and said, "there better not be a foot spa in that box". His smile fell. Disbelief whipped through me, "is there a foot spa in that box?!" And then he let out one of his little Gallic huff and puffs. HE GOT ME THE MOTHER TRUCKING FOOT SPA!

At least that's his mother's birthday present sorted.

bisou


P.S. If you would like to ask The Husband what was going through his sweet head when he bought the foot spa, or anything else for that matter,it's not too late. Click here, leave your question, and he'll answer it in his very own blog post (or vlog if I can figure it out). 

35 comments:

  1. Oh Gregory...no. Okay. lets go back to remembering how gorgeous he is okay? That and that whole adorable eater business.

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  2. That's a tricky thing, can always wish something for gifts but should also appreciate everything you get. Anyway, your husband seems to be really sweet - a rare kind of a guy to find!

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    1. I am always appreciative when it comes to gifts, and am a firm believer in 'it's the thought that counts', but not when money is spent on something that I specifically said that I didn't want, because there wasn't any thought involved in that one at all.

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  3. Ohhhh BLESS... now go out & buy what you really want! lol .xoxo

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  4. ha ha ha...it's the thought that counts, right? :P

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  5. Let's give him an A for effort. I mean it's not what you wanted, but at least he tried. Maybe he secretly wanted to indulge his metrosexual side and use the foot spa for himself? I love how you referred to your marriage as a language barrier relationship. I scared my dog when I laughed out loud. If I ever meet you, I'm checking out your feet. USE THAT THING!

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    1. Um no, he doesn't get an A for effort because he didn't try! He did the opposite of trying. He bought me something that I specifically said I didn't want. That's about a C-

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  6. How could you not want a foot spa?! Those things are awesome!
    Mind you, buying you something you specifically said you didn't want is somewhat of an epic fail. Are you now owed a make up gift?

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    1. I'm giving him a pass on the make up gift... this time. It's his one get out of jail free card.

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  7. You had me laughing from the start!! I'm not sure who to feel for here...you for getting a gift you really didn't want...or him for getting to be the victim of a blog post!! He's sounds so sweet, gentle and nice - This will be a moment you look back on in a few years and just laugh!! Great post!!

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  8. Awesome! Also something my dear husband would do.

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  9. You know what the truth is? When you were explaining that you didn't want a foot spa he just wasn't listening. Classic husband tune out. Happens more the longer you're married. It sucks but can definitely be used to your advantage. There will be many occasions where you can tell him you told him so, that he mustn't have been listening to you, and he won't be able to say a word.
    Try to use this power only for good, young Sara.

    P.S. Or he really wants a foot spa.

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  10. Hahaha, I love this! It is so cute and lovely and adorable, I can't even say. :)

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  11. Maybe it had already been ordered when you told him you didn't want it? It beats a new iron&ironing board, that's the kind of thought process my hubby has... Now I buy the present and he takes care of the logistics, and it works! Like the brand new tires on my truck a few years back, or the ratchett set for Christmas :)

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    1. Oh I wish that had been the case! If it had already been ordered, I could have forgiven him easily. But nope, he ordered it after I told him how much I didn't want one.

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  12. I'd like to understand why you didn't want the foot spa...

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    1. Because I just didn't. We don't have any place in our house to store something like a foot spa. There are no closets, and all under the bed storage is already taken up. So I really didn't want a bulky box of something that I would maybe use once or twice, taking up space. I don't like clutter.

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  13. Thank goodness my boyfriend listens to what I saw lol. Your hubs probably just didn't actually HEAR you, you know?

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  14. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! My husband has done something similar several times in our relationship. We have known each other for almost 8 years now and he knows that I don't wear silver. I can't stand it. I only wear gold. Yet, he keeps buying me silver jewelry. WTF???

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  15. OMG pahahahahahahahahaha I'm DYINGGGG right now. It reminds me of trying to find a gift for my mom as a kid. I would have totally picked that out and she would ahve not wanted it.

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  16. Oh jeez. Okay Gregory, that is not good. I mean, you are a Frenchman! Why not an Hermes scarf or a beautiful epicurian experience? haha.

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  17. He is hysterical. I guess it's a case of the best intentions? Seriously, I smiled the whole way through reading this, my dear!

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  18. Geez. I f it makes you feel any better, i received the perfume i hate the most in the entire world two birthdays in a row. Yes, the man went through the entire sephora store, smelling every single perfume, and picked out the same one both times, the second time forgetting that he bought it the previous year! I now give him a listof thingsi would and would NOT like.

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  19. Pahaha oh dear. If you hadn't told him you didn't want one, I would have forgiven him, but this way? Not so much. A list is definitely the way forwards! x

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  20. ROFLMAO, goldfish memory ;o) Maybe his mother planted the idea hoping she would get it... :oD

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  21. Well it's hard to be appreciative for a gift you specifically stated you didn't want. What did he give as his explanation besides Gallic huffs and puffs? Did he not hear you, did he really want it for himself, did he think you really needed it because you are on your foot all day taking care of him and Fifty, a foot fetish??

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  22. Oh my I can't help laughing reading your post and the huffs and puffs reply is so funny. I saw an article once about the foot spa being something that is never if not barely used.Got myself one and used it twice max.

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  23. lol, that is so funny! Selective husband hearing :)

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  24. What a daft bugger he is! He must have been thinking about the rugby scores while you were telling him you didn't want a foot spa so he missed that vital piece of information when it came to ordering a pressie...

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  25. Haha!!! Bless his heart! Oh, man. I can see mike doing something like that!!

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  26. hahahahaha aww but he had good intentions, I suppose!

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  27. quite funny. Maybe he forgot...oh,men!haha

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  28. Ha ha - I bet you will come home one day to find him soaking his feet and Fifty drinking out of it! lol

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  29. You make everything so funny, Sara Louise! Gift shopping is kryptonite to my hubby too ~ although sometimes he'll give me something so appropriate for no reason at all! By the way, I love to soak my feet in a foot spa ~ especially when it comes with a pedicurist attached! Maybe it was bilingual miscommunication!

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  30. A foot spa?!?! Good move to re-gift it! Those things are big, clunky and messy. I wonder why he was so set on it...are you sure you never mentioned a desire to have one? Perhaps after some rose? ; )

    My first Christmas with Aurelien was awkward. He got me a purse with a gold link chain strap, ok, I have a few of those, but the front was a gold, brown and yellow needlepoint image of an ugly cat's face. The cat wasn't even cute. And the back was black patent leather. It was horrid.

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