Don’t Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

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It was beautiful, a crystal bell.  He gave it to her to add to her collection of bells and hoped it would be a nice surprise when he came back from his business trip.  But he was shocked when she began to inspect the bell very closely.  She began to fire back question after question at him, “What was the name of the store where you got it?  How much did it cost? Was it certified?”

He sighed and turned to her saying, “I don’t know.  Don’t you know you’re not supposed to look a gift horse in the mouth?”

 

Written for Fandango’s February Expressions (FFE) #15

The Gift

The diamond bracelet sparkled in the display case.  He knew it was the one she had talked about.  This was going to be the best Valentine gift he had ever gotten his wife.

An employee walked over to him and asked if he needed help.  “Well I want to inquire about this diamond bracelet.  Can you tell me how much it costs?”

“This is a beautiful yellow gold tennis bracelet.  This one,” she said, “Is on our Valentine special.  It is $1540.”

He had been thinking $800 to $900 but was a little off on his guess.  He had just enough in his savings account but would have to take an advance from his boss to get through the rest of the week.  He turned to the salesclerk and said, “wrap it up please, my wife is going to love it.”

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – advance

Are You Ready

Sam turned to the doorway and yelled, “Did you get the gift order done yet?  I want that done before we leave tonight.”

David was sitting at his computer and he hated when she yelled across the house to him.  Would it kill her to walk over here and talk to him?  “I am at Amazon as we speak,” he yelled back to her reluctantly.  As he scrolled through the pages of golf gift, he thought to himself, “I should just order something for me too.  She will never notice.”

Just then she popped into the doorway, “I’ll be ready in 3 minutes, how is the order coming,” she asked.

“Just getting to the right page,” he said worried she knew he had been looking for himself.  He blushed slightly and sighed, getting back to the golf gift for Sam’s Dad.

Sam popped back into the doorway announcing she was ready.  “And how about you?  Are you ready?”

David clicked a few keys on the computer and said, “Just checking for the confirmation email.”

“Good, now take me out to dinner, you handsome man.”  And with that they walked out of the room.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – order

Mumbles… Bestow

I tried to write a poem, I tried to write a story… trouble is bestow is not a common word for me and the attempts just seemed forced this time. So I am stuck, my muses are taking a lunch break and I am left with a blog to write about something.

Bestow is to give. I can think of a million things to give but bestow should be more of a grand gesture. I don’t have much to give that seems worthy of something grand. I sit here and think if I have been given anything grand in the recent past. And my mind is blank.

The one thing that I can think of that is a grand gift would be love. And that takes me back to the thing I love the most – my daughter. So I guess my ex-husband bestowed upon me the greatest gift of all about 24 years ago when I became pregnant. I wish I could say I remember the night and it was magical and I just knew… it didn’t work that way for me.

None the less, she is the greatest gift I have ever received. She even beats that first bike I finally got in grade school (if I remember right it was a pink Schwinn bike with streamers off the handles). It was a real beauty. But my daughter is more beautiful – inside and out.

What is the greatest gift you have ever been given?

Day 73 – 100 Days of Happiness

I cried again today… not for sadness though.  It was a more or less humbling moment.  My boyfriend and I have been in sad financial ways for some time now and I have been very worried about Christmas.

I grew up with Christmas always being a time of giving and I LOVE to buy stuff for other people and see the joy it brings them.  Strapped for cash though that is hard to do.  We have been saving change, taking pop cans to the redemption center, using coupons when possible… all the tricks we can think of to save.  Today my sister and father surprised me with a check to use for Christmas shopping.  It was all I could do to stop the tears from flowing right away.  I am so lucky to have family that understands what I am going through and is there to help where they can.

So one worry has been lessened. And happily I was able to take advantage of a Black Friday sale and get a shirt for my daughter at half price almost.  Now if I can get organised for Cyber Monday I can do some more shopping and then it will be a happy Christmas once again.