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.