My husband surprised me last Mother's Day with an amazingly beautiful new ring. I was surprised and thrilled with it! He knew I had wanted a new ring for a long time and I would have never guessed he was going to get it for me on Mother's Day. The only thing that surprised me more than the ring was the reaction I got from so many people when they found out about the gift. I had to constantly let people know that my husband is not in the dog house!
My Husband is Not in the Dog House
These were some of the responses I received when people saw my new ring.
- Boy, what did he do wrong?
- He must have screwed up big time.
- Wow, he must have really been in the dog house.
I think you catch the meaning behind many of these comments….the only reason my husband would buy me an expensive gift is because he has done something wrong and this is a form of “payment” so that he won't be in trouble.
Some people would say I am a pretty naive gal….I live in a small town in Kansas and can honestly say that I learned more from teaching sex education to a group of middle schoolers then I ever wanted to know, LOL! Maybe I am just naive in the area of gift-giving between spouses. I wasn't aware that a nice gift was only given to get out of the dog house.
If my husband was in the dog house I wasn't aware of it and wasn't the one who put him there. I 100% believe that my husband gave me this gift because he loves me, respects me and wants me to be happy. He knew that I had been pretty overwhelmed with life the past few months….he had a chance to make me smile like a goofball and he took it!
Why Does a Nice Gift Mean a Man is in the Dog House?
It makes me sad that society doesn't automatically jump to the same conclusion I did….LOVE! Love can still motivate us…it doesn't have to be guilt that motivates someone to do something nice. Let's change the perception that a nice gift means a man is in the dog house!! That is just unfair to everyone involved!!
When I look at my ring I don't think about the cost….I think about the love behind it. It makes my heart happy to know that my husband “heard” me and took the time to plan a big surprise for me.
It was extra special that he gave me the gift for Mother's Day. He knows how much being a mother means to me. It told me that he really appreciates my efforts at parenting our children. It was a special way to reconnect with each other.
A Few Laughs
We have had a few laughs recently when I joke with my hubs about how he is going to be able to top last years gift, LOL. He really cracks up when I say that….. :)! I am sure we will be back to small, sentimental gifts from now on!
What are your favorite Mother's Day traditions? Does your spouse give you a gift for Mother's Day? Has anyone ever assumed your husband was in the dog house because he gave you a nice gift? Need some ideas for dates? This list of daytime date ideas is great to get the ball rolling and there is a free printable too.