I turned 43 last week, which really isn’t that big of a deal. Because of my recent employment troubles, money is at a minimum right now so I insisted that I didn’t need anything in terms of gifts from my wife or kids. All I wanted was to be able to sit around and hang out with them. I have spent too many birthdays alone during my life to worry about getting gifts. Family is THE most important thing to me.
My awesome wife, though, decided to make it a “birthday weekend” with a few special dates. On Friday night, we had a date where she made shrimp scampi and got me some Garrison Red to sip on. We then watched one of our favourite movies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and had a really great evening.
On Saturday morning we went to the Halifax Farmers Seaport Market (i.e. the place where we got married two years ago) and I had one of my favourite breakfast guilty pleasures, a Humble Pie. What is a Humble Pie, you ask? It’s a homemade meat pie that is unlike any other I’ve ever had. There are various different types to choose from (some include Steak & Cheese, Beef & Bacon Stroganoff, Chicken Cranberry Camembert, Feta & Spinach Roll), so I picked the Steak & Cheese and enjoyed every second of my breakfast. Sunshine and I then spent the rest of the day together, walking and enjoying each other’s company. There is nothing I enjoy more than spending time with my wife. She really is awesome.
That evening she set-up another date night with me. She wanted it to be a themed date based upon one of our favourite movies, so she based it upon 50 First Dates. Get this…she dressed-up in a flowered sarong, put leis around both of our necks, then made a meal of fried Spam and eggs!! We even had Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups for dessert!! If you don’t understand the references, you need to re-watch the movie. For me, this was incredibly thoughtful and so much better than any purchased gift she could get me. We decided to have a relaxing day on Sunday doing nothing at all. We did go out for an ice cream date, though, which was awesome. It’s a shame that ice cream is so unhealthy. I mean, I could eat this every day… On my birthday, Sunshine took the day off so we could spend it together. The first order of business was her taking me out to lunch. I had a peanut-butter burger (which was AWESOME) and she wore a KISS t-shirt just for me. It was a great date. That evening, my birthday dinner was do-it-yourself pizza, cupcakes made by Lil’ Mo (with Nutella frosting and Reece’s Pieces), and some cinnamon ice cream. What made things even better were the home-made birthday cards that my stepdaughters made for me. It was unbelievably sweet and brought a tear to my eye. It really was a fantastic night all-around.
Sunshine even went so far as to make a recipe that I hadn’t seen in years. Y’see, my mom had two recipe boxes that she left behind when she passed away. One of the items was a dessert that she made for me from the time I was a young boy all the way to being a young adult. They were called “Tweed Squares” and were basically a cake, an icing, and a chocolate layer on top. I never thought I would be able to enjoy one again until Sunshine made the recipe for my birthday.
I almost broke down in tears…legitimately. Seeing the dessert brought me as close to my mom as I have been since she passed away. It’s hard to believe that something so small and insignificant could mean so much to me. All-in-all, my birthday only went to prove that it’s not how much you spend on gifts but what you actually give (and why) that really counts. Is it a cheesy saying? Sure, but it’s totally true: it’s the thought that counts.
My wife is incredibly amazing…and I am truly the luckiest man in the world to have her by my side.