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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do You Want Fries With That?

Sears Craftsman Router Model 315.174710 25000 R.P.M.,
A thing of beauty . . .
in a totally  non-food way

Been listening to Christmas music all day.
Let the Christmas memories begin!!!

For our first Christmas as newly-weds, I dutifully asked my new Husby what he would like.
I did it sneakily.
I thought.
In July.
His answer?
A router.
Okay, first, I had to surreptitiously find out just what a 'router' was.
I discovered that it had everything to do with home woodworking.
And nothing to do with computers (which at that time in history, really only existed on Star Trek).
The men at the hardware store knew exactly what Husby had been talking about.
And placed before me a perfect example of router-ness.
On sale.
The day was mine!
And soon, so was the router.
Gleefully (real word/emotion) I carried said router triumphantly to the car.
And duly hid it at Husby's parent's place.
Then I waited.
Closer to Christmas, Husby forgot all about the router he had asked for and announced that what he would really like was a deep fryer.
For a few frantic moments, I considered taking the router back and replacing it.
But, reading the receipt, I could see that that possibility had expired.
Rats.
A couple of weeks before Christmas, with a heavy heart, I wrapped his present and placed it under the tree.
Some time later, he picked it up and shook it.
It rattled.
He smiled.
What he had taken for a 'deep fryer' rattle was, indeed a 'router' rattle, but I said nothing.
And he was happy.
We both waited for Christmas.
Christmas morning, the first gift he went for was his 'deep fryer'.
He was already talking about the fries he would make.
The corn dogs.
Doughnuts.
I held my breath as he tore off the paper.
His mouth dropped open and his face was a perfect picture of surprise as he stared at the router box beneath.
“I totally forgot I asked for this!” he said finally. He opened the box and began removing parts. “I've wanted one of these forever!” He was growing more and more excited.
No more mention was made of a deep fryer.
I heaved a sigh of relief.
That particular gift went on to make tables, cabinets, houses, toys, more tables, and at least one picture frame.
Of far more use than a piece of kitchen equipment.
No matter how many fries it could have made.
I chose . . . well.
I should mention, also, that this was also the only Christmas when I managed to surprise my Husby.
Oh, he tries to 'act' surprised when he unwraps something.
But I know that he knows.
Sigh.

7 comments:

  1. You never fail to surprise. Every day of my life I am surprised when I wake up that you are still there, hanging around with me.

    But glad, oh so glad, that you are still there . . .

    Anonymous Deep-Fryer Type Husby Figure Who Lives With Diane

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  2. The surprise on the face is the best thing ever.
    It's so satisfying for the giver to see that.
    I didn't often manage to surprise my family either.

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  3. It's not too often you get to surprise someone with what they asked for is it?

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  4. If you want to surprise him you two need to shop at different hardware stores.

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  5. It's always fun to surprise your spouse. I'm so inept at Christmas time that my wife just gives me a list, to which I usually get everything (that I can afford). But I prefer to be more spontaneous and that works better at times of the year when it isn't Christmas, her birthday, Valentine's Day or our anniversary. I've eavesdropped on Kenz and a friend and hear her talk about something she wanted. She's always very surprised when it shows up on the kitchen table a day or so down the road.

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  6. Awe Diane that is so sweet... I'd love to be able to surprise someone I loved like that... you and your husby are so cute :)

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  7. That fryer would not have lasted as long as the router and all you would have had from that would have been some unwanted pounds.

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