The art of giving is a beautiful thing. With the holiday season upon us, what is the best gift to give to the one you love?
It was 21 years ago that I married the love of my life. We began our adventure of life together by moving to Kentucky, so that he could start his neurosurgery residency. Back then, residents worked about 120+ hours a week during their six year residency program. I worked as well, long hours, but not quite as long as him. As newlyweds, we didn’t have a care in the world. No kids and no big commitments (except to each other)! We could do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted.
One night, close to the holidays, I decided to surprise my hubby. He had been on call the night before and as a first year resident, required to sleep at the hospital. He was to be home by 9 pm the following night. I called him around 8:45 to see if he was going to be home on time and he informed me – YES, saying he’d be home in about 15 minutes.
I ran downstairs to the kitchen with my brilliant idea ready to be hatched. I grabbed a roll of saran wrap and headed up to the bedroom. I quickly undressed – yes, everything came off!! I began to wrap my naked body in saran wrap! I created the perfect little mini dress with the end tied into a beautiful bow at my shoulder. I was going to be my husband’s holiday present.
Well…nine o’clock came and went. By 9:30, I was a hot, sweaty mess under that saran wrap. I slid on my Birkenstock’s and went downstairs to see if he had pulled in the driveway…no luck. By 10 o’clock, I was about to pass out and I did. He finally arrived home that night around midnight only to find his wife wrapped in saran wrap with Birkenstock’s on her feet sleeping in our bed. Even though he was not able to wake me that night, he always declared that was the best holiday present he ever received.
The love of my life is no longer on this earthy planet, as I became a widow at the age of 45. There are so many, many things I miss about him and our life together. But it is the little things that matter the most. As this holiday season is upon you, what do you plan to give your loved one for the holiday? It’s not the amount of money you spend. It’s the heartfelt gifts that often aren’t monetary that leave a lasting impression. Create a memory and cherish the one you love. Or consider wrapping yourself in saran wrap!