Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Here's your sign

My husband sat uncharacteristically still when I entered the basement with a laundry basket on Monday night.

As I tossed a load of whites in the dryer, I watched him sit at his desk and tinker with a broken cordless drill. Finally, he pushed himself up from his stool and sighed.

"Do you not like me anymore or something?" I asked as he started up the stairs.

"No. I just need to grab a tool," was all he said before heading out into the garage.

I didn't think much of the incident. Dana had come home early because of a stomachache, and I figured he still wasn't feeling well.

Then last night he burst into my office with a grin on his face and one of those tin signs -- the kind you might find adorning the walls of an old-fashioned soda shoppe -- in his grip.

I pulled my eyes away from the computer screen in time to see the childlike grin camping on his face. Peeling the headphones from my head, I asked: "What's this?"

In retrospect, that's kind of a dumb question.

I knew darn well what it was. You see, my kitchen is decorated with an Americana theme. Red, white and blue curtains cover the windows. A strip of wallpaper with flags, little colonial houses and the phrase "let freedom ring" borders the ceiling. Models of American hot rods -- a Trans Am, a Charger, a Cuda, a GTO -- are on display, along with old license plates from various states.

These vintage tin signs are part of the decor also.

My husband -- who is a blogger's dream -- has purchased one for me every year since we moved into our home. On Christmas morning, however, I was a little surprised when I didn't find one under the tree.

As his cheeks now filled with a rosy shade of red, I realized why.

"This is one of your presents. I hid it, and then forgot where I put it," Dana said, his cheeks filling with color. "This is the reason I've been spending so much time in the basement."

Hmmm, that explains a lot.

8 comments:

lynnrush said...

ROTFL. This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

ElanaJ said...

Oh, so sweet! Happy New Year, Kat!

Journaling Woman said...

Very very funny and very sweet.

Chris said...

Man, that's hilarious! LOL

Nisa said...

Aww! That is so neat! And what a fun kitchen motif!

KM Wilsher said...

Yep. A bloggers dream that one - LOL! I love the story and the kitchen must be sweeeeeet!

Great post!

lazy18 said...

hahaha!!!!..wow...that was really nice..the way you write...wow...lol

Nishant said...

very funny and very sweet.

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