Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This Gift Sucks!

In the over quarter century Mr. Lime and I have been a couple there have been many gifts exchanged for various occasions, be they birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, Mother's or Father's Day, or on rare occasion, just because.  Now to be forthright here, we often do not exchange a gift for our anniversary because it is the week before Christmas.  We also tend not to exchange gifts for Valentine's Day because of it's proximity to Mr. Lime's birthday....but sometimes we do.

As you may imagine, sometimes the gifts have been things one or the other of us has longed for and all parties are happy upon receipt.  Other times the gift is a complete surprise which also brings joy.  Then there are the gifts that make the recipient wonder what thoughts went through the giver's mind during the selection process....indeed, were there any thoughts at all?  We've covered the full range.

Mr. Lime had another birthday this week.  I had a particular idea in mind but had not yet executed it due to snow storms and the size of the item I was considering and having no place to hide it.  However, the day before his birthday he announced he wanted one thing this year....well, ok...two.  First he wanted a box of Devil Dogs.  Gross, but ok if it's what you want.  The second item was astounding to me.  He declared repeatedly that this was what he wanted.  He stated in the presence of witnesses that should he receive the hoped for item he would use it with regularity.  Calypso added her voice to the chorus and emphatically seconded the motion as to desire and commitment to use.

Now to be sure, this gift is something that were it to be given from Mr. Lime to me there may be all sorts of accusations of thoughtlessness or anti-feminist sentiment.  However, the direction was reversed and this IS what he specifically asked for.

Ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, I present to you Mr. Lime's birthday present.



14 comments:

joeh said...

Since I am retired, and Mrs.C works at least three nights a week, I do the vacuuming. I love a good vacuum cleaner...great present!

Stephen Hayes said...

I wouldn't mind vacuuming so much if it weren't for all of the stairs.

Beach Bum said...

A new vacuum cleaner is cool! Then of course, I often crash out and take a nap on the carpet in the living room so having it clean is important.

In fact, my son's girlfriend came into the house one rainy Saturday afternoon and saw me on the floor asleep while the two dogs were laying on the couch. She about fell on the floor from laughing so hard.

Tabor said...

Sometimes we are super practical in our desires. A good vacuum is a great investment. I hope you used Consumer Reports to select the brands they recommend because these can be very expensive.

Craig said...

I suppose if I were a real connoisseur of vacuum cleaners, I'd know what brand it is, but alas. . .

The last time our vacuum fritzed out, I got Jenn an Oreck. Not for her birthday, tho. NEVER for her birthday. . . Unless, you know, she asked for it. . .

Anvilcloud said...

Your title stole my comment, and that sucks too. See how I managed that? :)

Jocelyn said...

DUDE! I like his request. I hope his secret thought wasn't that you'd want to use it lots once it was in the house. I hope his intent was for HIM to use it, all the time, while you eat eclairs.

The whole gift-giving thing is so complicated. Did I ever direct you to a post about my mom's terrible gift giving that I couldn't publish on my own blog? I posted it elsewhere. Damn, was it therapeutic.

Pearl said...

I love it! Is that a Dyson? Hey -- if you have to vacuum, you get one that does the job. :-)

Pearl

Hilary said...

Better him than you. Now I'm curious to know what you were going to get him before he made this announcement.

Kat said...

Ha! I love this! It is a great gift! My husband has said the very same thing. He wants a vacuum as well. My hubby hardly ever uses the thing but he is not opposed. I wouldn't mind getting a new vacuum for a birthday either. ;)

Secret Agent Woman said...

As long as it's requested, it's a fine gift. But you'll never see me requesting anything for cleaning!

Logophile said...

Heh,
may he find much use for it and hardly ever have to share.
;)

S said...

Better than a roll of crossword puzzle tp.

Suldog said...

A good vacuum cleaner is an excellent gift. I've never understood why some women would become pissed if they received one.

I used to very much enjoy doing a small bit of vacuuming when I was a kid. I still do some occasionally, but it's on hardwood floors and I don't enjoy that AT ALL. I think it's because I don't enjoy hardwood floors, period. I much prefer rugs and carpet. If we had those surfaces, I'd happily vacuum.