Thursday is Gene’s Birthday. Usually men complain about not knowing what to buy their wives for their birthday, but this time it’s the women. I have no idea. Actually I have plenty of ideas, but nothing that grabs me and says “Pick me, pick me”.
Clothes mean nothing to him. I mean nothing. I wish they would mean more to him, and that he would develop his own sense of style and likes and dislikes instead of clothes that say, “Hey my wife found this for 50% off at Sears.” I buy him clothes anyway, so that’s an automatic no.
I thought of getting tickets to a Casting Crowns concert, because he really likes Casting Crowns. But that seems like I’m cheating, because I really like them too, and it would be like a little present to myself. So I put that idea hold.
For Valentines day I had this dilemma too, so I decided to be all frugal and gave him a book of hand made coupons with little acts of service on them. Like: “I will sweep and clean your work truck until it shines.”. He has never redeemed a single coupon yet. I think the bottom line is he pities me to badly to make me do the stuff I said I would do.
What does he want? These are the items he’s mentioned when we talked about birthday gifts. “You can buy me a tractor.” (Loud Laughter) “I need a welder” (Ok I have no idea how I would pick out a welder for him, and what’s a welder anyway?) “When you need to buy me a birthday gift, get me a milker. In September I’m going to need it.” (Oh, that should be fun, the birthday gift dreams are made of, and, like the above, how in the hairy to I pick out a milker? Where do you go to buy one? Should I install a small parlor too?)
So I’m taking all suggestions. What should I buy for Gene? He loves farming, loves people, loves traveling, enjoys an occasional golf game, he’s not a reader, he’s fashion illiterate, and a hard worker, and really deserves a good gift because he’s a really great guy.