Thursday, July 1, 2010

Todd's Anniversary Gift

Now, I know what your probably thinking. A microwave for an anniversary present, really? No, it's not romantic, I'll give you that, but it was given out of true love.

See, I'm one of those strange people that doesn't really use a microwave. We received one many years ago as a wedding gift. I used it occasionally,usually either to defrost meat if I forgot to take it out in the morning or to make popcorn, but that was about it. Todd used it fairly frequently for different things. When it died about five years ago, we didn't replace it. I really didn't want to. I don't like them. I honestly didn't miss it. They take up a lot of room and I'm just not totally convinced they are good for us. Save the scientific proof, I've heard it all before, but I'm just not certain I believe it. At that time, Todd was OK with giving life without a microwave a try.

Anyway, here lately, Todd has been lamenting our missing microwave. He couldn't re-heat his coffee, he couldn't warm up his occasional donut and he had to use the kettle to make tea and it took so much longer. He is not a complainer, so when he mentions things like that, I know it's on his mind. And I try to pay attention.

As our anniversary got closer, I started wracking my brain for something meaningful to give him. I thought about journaling some things about our past 16 years, making something to sybolize our time together, etc. I just couldn't come up with just the right thing. So, I went out shopping. Grant came with me. As we were walking up and down all of the aisles, searching aimlessly, we came to the microwave aisle. Hmmmm. Grant and I started talking it through. Grant was VERY MUCH in favor of the idea. His favor of the idea was mostly, I think, out of pure desperation to get out of Target, but it was the perfect idea.

While to most people a microwave hardly screams, "I love you" I knew Todd would get it. He did.

I guess that pretty much sums up the last 16 years. We get each other, even when no-one else does and even when we don't make sense, we get each other. And I realize more and more with each passing day, what a true gift that is.

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