Paul is usually the winner of Christmas.
Actually, he is usually the winner of all gift bearing holidays and events. I would bet money that he has a spreadsheet somewhere. A detailed accounting of everything I have ever said I wanted and a star rating system indicating the importance.
He swings and knocks it out of the park every time. Without fail.
You may remember last year and how I felt so Thoughtfully Considered.
This year, I was determined to win Christmas. I didn’t just purchase gifts. I waited for a moment. The o-m-g-how-has-he-lived-this-long-without-that-thing moment had to come before I hit “add to shopping cart”. I found scrabble wall art at 15Tangerines on Etsy in honor of our evenings battling it out. I also found a photograph of an important landmark in our relationship to hang on our wall.
The last one was the tear jerker, the clencher…the BIG Reward a la the Christmas Story!
I spent an hour painting a portrait of him and I. Well, not really him and I. It is how I see us. He knows it.
My whimsical balloon floating up in the air and his realistic, safe self resting on the ground. We are at perfect balance. A gentle reminder of the type of compromise, compassion and respect for our individuality that makes us a great couple.
I spent an afternoon in my attic office, dabbling in the fine art of acrylic paint. So did the boys. Paul now has four one of a kind pieces of art. They are now hung all around the house.
Love on our walls.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. I hope you were all considered. Ours was filled with renewed hope and optimism for the new year.
PS – If you don’t understand the reference, than you missed this post.