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Posted: April 12, 2012 in Occasions
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My husband works every weekend, so that means he also works every holiday that happens to fall on a weekend. I actually can’t remember the last time he had an Easter Sunday off.
I felt bad that he had to miss the holiday with us. We were celebrating with his family, having Easter dinner with my in-laws at my sister-in-law’s home.

He missed out on the preparation of the Easter Basket goodies for the kids. He didn’t get to participate in or watch the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  I felt especially bad that he was missing out on the food. We had a traditional dinner of turkey, ham, mashed white and sweet potatoes, corn…and stuffed shells, and sausages and meatballs in gravy…hey, we’re Italian, what can I say? Also the cookies, brownies, fudge, cakes, pies…well, you get the idea.

I decided to make up a plate for him, so when he got home from work he’d have a little of the holiday waiting for him to cheer him up. I called him that afternoon to tell him.

Me: “Hi honey. We’re missing you today! I made you up a plate for when you get home. Happy Easter!”

Him: “It’s Easter?”


My husband is always challenged by the fact that my birthday and Mother’s Day fall in the same month. In one way it’s good: he gets them both over with and doesn’t have to think about it for another year. In another way, it’s bad: he has to come up with not one but two gifts in the space of two weeks! The pressure!

He came up with a unique solution one year. He knew that I loved Dr. Scholl’s sandals and had been thinking of getting a new pair. He even knew my shoe size. I had been coveting a red pair but hadn’t bought them; they were pretty expensive.

He decided to surprise me with them for Mother’s Day. When he gave me the present and I opened the box, I was very surprised, and very happy! I really, really wanted these. I was confused though, when I only found one sandal in the box. After a moment, I said, “I love them! Thank you! But where’s the other sandal?”

Wait for it….

He was giving me one for Mother’s Day, and the other one for my birthday.

He made me wait, too.

This week’s guest post is by Susan Joakim. 🙂 
John turned 50 this past June.  It was really an uneventful birthday for him.  He shared that 49 was the birthday that made him feel like he was growing older, so turning 50 was a piece of cake.

So I’m at Hannaford getting some vitamins when I notice that there is a vitamin for “Men 50+”.  I buy it for John.  When I get home John tells me he’d rather have the stuff for younger guys.  I said, “Well, maybe this will make you feel like the younger guys.”  Then I compare his new 50+ vitamins with my women’s one a day.  Interesting – but according to the label they have all the same vitamins and minerals at the same amount.  What does that mean?  Maybe 50+ men feel better when they are more like 50+ women?  I don’t know for sure, but some weird twist of fate is sure to come out of these vitamins.

One of the first things John did when he turned 50 was join AARP.  Oh glory.  A few weeks later the AARP magazine shows up with none other than Sharon Stone on the cover.  Great, just what my 50+ husband needs, a magazine that shows all the things his own wife isn’t.  Ug.  But wait, on the cover are these headings, see the pictures below, and I’m wondering what in the world is this all about – what kind of message is AARP saying – Please, our flirting days are way over – where are all the headings about colon cancer and constipation that I expected???

But I do have to give AARP credit, they did recommend one of my favorite movies as a ‘must see’; The First Grader.  And for recommended reading they by-passed all the ‘look 10 years younger’ or ‘money suggestion so you can retire’ type of books and suggest that 50+ adults read books such as NEWBERY books written for young adults – Okay another one of my favorite things….so the magazine isn’t all that bad, just rip off the cover and select which articles are worth reading.

As for turning 50, well John still acts like he’s in junior high, as his daughters constantly remind him, and he’s as handsome as ever, so I guess he’s setting a pretty good example for me three birthdays from now.

Thanks, Susan!!!

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