Sunday was my husband’s birthday. I wrote him a really nice card, saying all the things I should try to say every day. I told him he’s an amazing husband and dad. I expressed my endless love for him. I wrote that I couldn’t imagine my life without him. As he read my words, his eyes become watery. He smiled as he welled up a bit. His reaction didn’t surprise me. Rick’s an emotional guy.
Then came his gift. As he ripped off the tissue paper and discovered his shiny, brand new iPhone, forget about misty eyes – tears started pouring down his face. Clearly, sweet sentiments from his wife were one thing but when it came to an iPhone, he couldn’t hold back. The man was weeping with joy and gratitude. It was love at first sight. Now he’s completely infatuated. Since Sunday, he has spent most of his waking moments programming, admiring and showing off his new toy. Sometimes I catch him gazing at it. Smiling. In awe.
We all know life is not about material goods – it’s about the people, the moments, the experiences. But once in a while, some inanimate object fills your heart with such jubilation. I know my husband loves me. I know he loves his new iPhone. There are now three of us in this relationship. I hope we can make it work.