What is it? The ring? Chocolate? Flowers? A Maui vacation (oh yeah, that’s definitely mine! LOL!) My PINK PARTY guest today shared a romantic gift that was decidedly … different. Yeah, let’s call it that!
I “met” Jennifer, like Ruth from yesterday’s post, through The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. What a fun project that was! And I get to enjoy another project with Jennifer next week because she’s one of the authors of Heart Bouquets, due for release next Wednesday – I’ll keep you posted!
My Most Romantic Gifta PINK PARTY guest post by Jennifer Fromke
Newlyweds. One in grad school, one working a job that barely paid the rent. Saturday night entertainment consisted of walking around the mall and window shopping. Minnesota is cold in the winter, people.
That first Valentine’s Day sneaked up on us. Generally speaking, we didn’t spend money on anything unrelated to food and shelter. But we planned to splurge and go out to dinner and we decided to buy something “small” for each other.
Autumn had delivered a strenuous adjustment period for both of us. I joined the workforce for the first time (straight out of college) in a new city and new state. We were still learning how to be married. My hubby entered medical school in the fall and learned it’s an entirely different ball game from college. And for the first time in our lives, we were paying all the bills ourselves.
The only thing I really remember about our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple is the gift my husband gave me. It was a spoon rest in the shape of a carrot. Wow. RO. MAN. TIC. I know that’s what you’re thinking.
But this gift is pretty much, my favorite gift of all time aside from the ring my husband gave me when he proposed. You see, as a girl setting up house for the first time, feeling a little homesick, and feeling the pinch of a very small income and the weight of responsibility from being the only breadwinner, I was a little stressed. And I wanted desperately to make our little condo feel like home.
Home centered around the kitchen and I loved cooking. The large gaping hole amidst all the lovely wedding gifts we received–to me–was a spoon rest. My mom owned several. At home there was always a place to gently rest the ladle or spoon with which I was cooking. And every time I cooked in my new little kitchen, I would lift the spoon from my cooking pot and look around . . . but nary a spoon rest was in sight!
I know, it’s little over-dramatic. I only mentioned it one time to by husband. But weeks later, he gave me one. Not only had he LISTENED to me. He ACTED on what he heard. He met my FELT need. Sigh.
It may seem silly to almost anyone else, but it was the most romantic gift he could have given me that year. He listened to me. Remembered what I’d said. And met the longing of my heart. The spoon rest was not the point. I needed to be heard and loved. And I was. And I still am, exactly twenty years later.
A little about Jennifer:
Though raised in the Midwest, Jennifer Fromke writes from North Carolina where she lives with her three teenagers and husband of over 20 years. In addition to her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, Jennifer co-authored a Christmas novella and published three short stories, one of which is included in Heart Bouquets, releasing February 13th. Her favorite sport is laughing with her family and her aim is to ensure the candy dish never runs dry.
What a special gift! Yes, I teared up again. Am purchasing a new box of tissues to carry me through the rest of my PINK PARTY. I’m so delighted that two of my co-authors from A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt joined me here! And I’m delighting to work with Jennifer again on the Heart Bouquet project.
Up next, you’ll get a double surprise. Join me again TOMORROW! And don’t be shy! Share your anecdote in the comments!