I thought a great deal about getting the husband something thoughtful to mark the dozen years we have spent in each other’s company. I remembered a friend of ours mentioning that ‘Things Remembered ‘ is the store to go to make your special one feel more special. I had the foresight to check out something useful and settled on something that sounded useful enough( A 2GB USB keychain) Other things on the site like a heart shaped pendant on a gold chain etc don’t exactly look like the sort of things the husband would touch with a barge pole.
The important thing about the USB keychain is that it has the engravings of love, the mark of true labor on it. I spent a good hour checking out cheesy quotes on love that he can carry forever on his engraved USB. I wracked the brains of Jane Austen, Henry James Thoreaux,, P. G. Wodehouse. Nobody was spared as I made studious notes of quotations on love with an element of humor. I even went to see what Mahatma Gandhi had to say on that unquantifiable yet, so satiating a force. Not satisfied with him, I went to plumb the depths of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. I spent a further hour pondering over all the beautiful things about love.
I loved Dr Seuss’s quote: You know you are in love, when you cannot fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.
That would not work in our case, because as much in love as I am with him, I fall asleep. In fact, the more I love him, the more I sleep. As for the husband, that would have meant that his love for me has kept him awake long before he knew me. He has been a night owl for as far as I can remember.
Maybe, this will be more apt, since we both like our laughs:
From there to here
From here to there
Funny things are everywhere
I then thought of what makes him so curious and thought this would suit him better:
Think and Wonder
Wonder and Think
However, I could not help thinking that he would wonder why on Earth I went in for a 2 GB USB card to pour my heart into and shelved the quote.
Maybe a scientist at heart will be better suited for him: To love, be loved and be lovable.
Or maybe, Love is like PI: Natural, Irrational and very important.
But neither of these would do. Einstein was not my notion of a romantic thinker.
By now, the lady in the shop was skipping over me. She was positively amazed at all the pages I was writing and nodded her approval and told me to take my time. After a further 1/2 hour of agonizing over the right words, I settled for one of these, depending on what would fit the available area:
Where there is love, there is life – Mahatma Gandhi Or
There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry James Thoreaux Or
Love is the greatest refreshment in life – Pablo Picasso
I finally went over to the shop assistant and told her I was ready. She pranced over to see what my notes and research had yielded. I saw her eyes light up at the number of pages I had filled out.
She asked me to write my final choices on the order paper and started counting words.
I felt like I was back at the Village Post Office giving a telegram: “Father coming Stop Mother also coming stop “
When I saw the Postmaster counting the words out, the editor in me reared up and said, “Wait a minute! You charge by word? Father and Mother coming stop. No Wait. Father comma mother coming stop.”
I felt a bit weak. I asked her what she was counting words for and she told me that every word to be engraved was charged separately. I hadn’t counted on brevity being the theme of love. In fact, I wished myself back at the Post Office and I could say, “Please send a telegram with message #29: Wedding Anniversary Greetings”.
I saw the amount she came up with and hollered at her to stop while I racked my brains for something short and sweet.
I could only think of that wonderful message we flash to anyone who stops by our home: Live, Laugh, Love. It is what is there on our doormat and sighed myself out.
While waiting for the thing, I checked what the non-engraved thing cost on Amazon. I could find a set of four for $10, while I had just paid $50 for one that has the same message as our doormat on it.
Well…such is life and one must not put a price on the gift of love. Happy Anniversary to Us!