Her eyes fluttered open to feather light kisses on the back of her neck, that sensitive spot behind her ear, then her jaw, his morning whiskers rasping lightly against her face. She turned fully in his arms, her hands softly stroking his hair, then his face, then curling into the soft brown strands on his chest.
She could smell the minty scent of his toothpaste and covered her face with one hand as she climbed out of bed to rush into the bathroom. When she returned to the bedroom a small, red-wrapped rectangular box lay on her pillow and he watched her approach through those gorgeous sapphire eyes.
She pounced on the gift excitedly, pulling off the ribbon and paper quickly, exclaiming in delight at the sparkling charm bracelet filled with beautiful charms representing their life together these past seven years. A pineapple for their Hawaiian honeymoon. A typewriter to symbolize her career. A tiny, three-tiered wedding cake. A heart with a ruby chip to represent their love for each other. And in the box, still to be added, a baby carriage?
Her brown eyes widened in dismay as he splayed his fingers over her still flat tummy.
“But I just found out for sure yesterday. You guessed?”
He shook his head, smiling, and pulled her close. “You’re even more beautiful than usual. More sensitive. So I hoped.” That was all they spoke as she covered his face with kisses and then eventually one thing led to another…
Leaning back from her computer, satisfied with her work, she placed her right hand over her slightly rounded belly and smiled to herself…
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Monday evening when Catherine arrived home she found a single deep red rose lying by her apartment door. Delighted, she picked it up and unlocked her door, glancing around for a card she might have missed. Nope, nothing.
She texted her date from Saturday to thank him, but it soon became embarrassingly obvious he hadn’t sent it. Awkward! If not a florist, how had someone gotten inside the gated apartment complex? How odd. She thought of her neighbors and how little she knew them.
Glancing at the flower, she was struck by how much the color reminded her of blood…
Photo from Pixabay
The appliance that cleans, not the space devoid of matter. Now you’re probably saying to yourself, what does a vacuum cleaner have to do with birthdays? Well, let me tell you a little story…
Once upon a time when a husband and wife were newly married, they decided they needed a new vacuum cleaner. Hubby decided to buy it for her as a birthday present. Yes, I know, relative newlyweds and he thought a household appliance would make a sensible, useful gift. (Did I mention hubby is an engineer in this story?) He swears it was not for her birthday but a few weeks later for Mother’s Day. Because, yes, that would have been a much better time to gift his wife with a necessary housecleaning appliance…
Well, on her birthday, and she knows it was her birthday, she opened her present, saw that it was a vacuum, and very calmly and graciously explained that it was not a good choice of gifts. And never, ever to do that again unless she specifically said something like, “Gee, honey, please, please, please get me a toaster for my birthday!” She might also have cried and thrown a somewhat childish temper tantrum, but she can’t really remember all the details. But she does remember it was a gift for her birthday…
Hubby wisely never bought another appliance for her birthday or Mother’s Day or Christmas. And they lived happily ever after because thank God he had other redeeming qualities.
(My A to Z Challenge theme is birthdays.)
Wish I could solve all of the world’s problems, but I’ve come to realize that my role is simply to bring the occasional smile to your face — or is that a grimace? Are you frowning?? (Yes, I do know that negativity is spelled incorrectly. I don’t write these, I just borrow them, sigh.)
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