Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Gift

I had made mention of it about a year ago, but found so many reasons why I didn't need it. Too expensive. Not practical. Didn't need it. Computer labs at school.

But I really wanted a laptop.

Not to look cool carrying it around campus, but because while I had been thrust from never being alone to having hours, even entire days alone with my thoughts, I became inspired. I found myself creating stories and giving narrative to my surroundings in my head and wanted to write them down. However, this inspiration didn't occur within the cold, sterile computer lab. It occured next to the window of the restaurant, watching patrons brace against the chilly, autumn wind. The same wind that gathered the crispy leaves in a maternal embrace and sent them spinning in dizzy, carefree circles through the air. Pen and paper couldn't keep up with words.

A few months ago, my husband gave me a gift. Although I picked it out. I carried it from the store. He gave me the money for a laptop, because he knew I would never do it for myself. In our fourteen years of marriage, this is the single most romantic gift he has ever given me. It surpasses the custom opal necklace, the perfume, the beautiful angora sweater I coveted for months. This gift says more than "I love you". It says "I believe in you. Go and pursue your dream." Every time I use it, I think of that. His confidence in me is astounding.

Now if I could only convince myself...

10 comments:

Nikki said...

I just got a laptop a few weeks ago and I love it. I felt so bad dropping that much money on something, but my husband says I am definitely getting my money's worth out of it LOL

Anonymous said...

maybe the laptop will work in place of some big diamond or other expensive jewelry for the upcoming 15 year celebration of our nuptial bliss.......:)


............hubby of supermom

Heth said...

That is seriously sweet. Way to go Supermom's hubby!

Janelle said...

I love to hear that he's looking out for you! Sometimes it's hard to do something for youself, even if you are Supermom!

yerdoingitwrong said...

What a sweet hubby!

I live and die by my laptop. And my flat iron. =) Somedays I throw ice cream into the mix, too!!

janiners said...

wow! what a great supperhubby! :-) I'm so excited for you to have the tools to pursue your dreams and look forward to them becoming a reality - not to mention getting to read some of them. I've been so inspired by you over this past year, girl, and am so humbled to be a witness to your life. love ya!

Deena said...

Isn't it so romantic when your husband can read your soul? When they just know you inside and out, and give you the one gift that speaks volumes about what they see in you?

That was so sweet...thank you for sharing that story...

thebarefootpoet said...

Here's an interesting addition to this gift: you freely left it with me at the hospital so my wife and I could check email and the like. Thanks for leaving something so valuable in more than monetary ways with us.

Pendullum said...

What a great gift...
and the laptop is kinda great too...

fingertalks said...

hi supermom,

i just got a laptop a few weeks ago..and like you, t'was also a gift from my hubby. a laptop is definitely what could give us a boost in terms of finding new skill, new sideline, and many more! more power to you and your family! loved ur blog.