Friday, November 19, 2010

The first gift.

We met back when he had long hair and I didn't yet need underwire. He was a science geek, and I'd always been drawn to guys who knew more big words than I did.

We were (and are) opposites, at least superficially. I love to dance. He loves to not dance. I talk until I'm hoarse. He listens until I'm hoarse. I'm outgoing, he's reserved. I'm impulsive. He analyzes everything. I'm an optimist. He says it's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.

And the first gift he ever gave me was a gorgeous blown glass atomizer and bottle of Giorgio Red cologne (my favorite at the time. Do not judge me). He must have spent at least $100 for me on my first birthday as his girlfriend--which was serious cash for a college guy who lived on ramenghetti.

It was the most frivolous, whimsical, impractical, unnecessary gift I've ever received. His only goal was to delight me.

He did. He still does.

26 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE this! I love how opposites always seem to attract too. What a GREAT guy!

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  2. Just noticed as I was uploading the picture that I seem to have painted our bedroom the same color as the atomizer. Go figure.

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  3. Wow, that is seriously gorgeous.
    I'm so with you on the attraction of opposites. Hubby and me are chalk and cheese. :)

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  4. Hi,

    Lovely post, and at least you had a present you adored!

    best
    F

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  5. Is it your anniversary? Dr. Stevens gives GREAT gifts! I'm still in awe over the Jade Lee book, and the atomizer is gorgeous!

    My husband and I are also opposites. If we hadn't met, he would have been a monk living in a cave in India or Tibet, or he'd be the silent bass player in a band. Even though his job involves a lot of socializing he's not overly fond of people in general and he tends to be suspicious of their motives. Very much a cynic!

    And yet his first gift to me - I don't think there was an occasion - was a giant pink stuff pig with a curly tail. He knew I liked quirky things and bought it on a whim. I opened my front door and found it sitting on the porch. For our first Valentine's Day he got me a cute little soft toy dog called Ruggles.

    He is into obscure books and my challenge has always been to find - not only books he doesn't already have - but books he doesn't know exists, either new or antiquarian. Christmas shopping for him is NOT easy!

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  6. "Stuff pig" - argh. I need proof readers for everything I write!

    (My captcha for this is "methe" - not a good sign.)

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  7. How can you not adore a man whose only goal is to delight you? You sound like a perfect couple.

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  8. Love this story and the atomizer is beautiful!

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  9. They should make a book featuring Science Geek Guys Who Use Big Words. A sexy bunch if there ever was one. Because when they come through, they come through big time. Lovely gift, lovely post. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Thanks everyone. Donna, we've had our dark days, but all in all, he's still the best decision I ever made. Becke, given your muses, he sure had you pegged! Tina--I totally want a hot scientists calendar. Just thinking of them peeling back their lab coats...

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  11. Beautiful both physically and in spirit. I loved this.

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  12. That's so sweet and that you still have it too :O)

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  13. we should so start the geek wives club. if i could talk in figures and equations my hubs would pass out in excitement.
    That atomizer is pretty, I wonder if they still make giorgio red?

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  14. Great story, beautiful gift, wonderful last words!

    Monti
    NotesAlongTheWay

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  15. It is lovely. My hubby and I are opposites too as is evidenced by my story. Yet we've made it 27 years. You guys sound like you're still in love. That's wonderful~
    Bobbye

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  16. Thank you especially to the Mojito Literary Society for stopping by. I definitely see that a few of us wives of geeks would be in the market for that lab coat calendar.

    And 27 years is wonderful, Bobbye! I always like to hear about couples who've made it longer than we have.

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  17. Beautiful gift and a very sweet story... I love that you two are total opposites. That is why you compliment each other.


    Michael

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  18. What a GREAT guy! (I went thru a Giorgio Red stage, too!)

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  19. I really like your story. How nice that he understood you so well. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. That might be the sweetest blog ever. Sigh...

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  21. Kittie, I know there are others like us. Thank you for coming out of the Red closet so that I don't stand alone :) Heather and Gideon--I'm glad you enjoyed it. And Bella--ROFL, so not a comment I ever expected to receive when I began blogging!

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  22. I love this post! And this is truly romance...sigh

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