Yesterday Stan and I did something we have never, in 18 years of marriage, done...
Yesterday we bought ourselves a headboard and footboard for our bed. 18 years of wedded bliss and we had never had a pretty bed in our room. The kids' rooms are all decked out with headboards and footboards but not us, we put ourselves at the bottom of the nice room list so we decided it was time to rectify the situation, making this our Christmas gift to each other.
We headed out into the great big world of furniture stores, each of us having an idea of what we wanted. I pictured a pretty four poster bed with decorative spindles and Stan pictured a massive sleighbed. Our ideals weren't really in sync with each other but not too wildly divergent either. I figured we could find something, giving us a happy medium.
As we walked into the store, Stan said "OK, we're gonna get this done in 10 minutes." He was joking but only slightly. Both he and I share one thing it common when it comes to shopping....we buy ~ not shop. I really don't like shopping. I break out in hives at the thought of being at a mall for the sake of just being at the mall. I like to know what I'm going to get before I go out and just go buy it. Stan's the same way. Buy ~ don't shop. (Of course we do our homework before we go out so we are knowledgeble and don't get taken for fools.)
So we tackled the furniture store, each of us knowing what we wanted. Not too long into our foray we came across a furniture group that had what we each wanted...both a poster bed and a sleigh bed. Stan fell instantly in love with the sleigh bed. He was drooling at the thought of the bed in our room. I have never seen such a look cross his face as I did when he saw the bed. We each agreed to keep looking but the saleswoman assured us we would be back to this group. How right she was.
Stan was funny yesterday. I was the one who hemmed and hawed because of the price. He was the one who asked if we could also get the bedding from one of the beds. He was adding in things as I was trying to take things out. He knew exactly what he wanted and he went after it with a vengance.
We ended up buying the sleigh bed. I couldn't live with myself knowing how much he loved the look of that bed and then making him settle for something less than what he wanted.
As Stan was telling the story yesterday, he said he thinks that is the first time ever, in the history of us ~ he and I, where he has looked at something, wanted it so badly and then gotten it. Lucas, my little love, pipes up and says "What about the day you got married? You looked at something you wanted then and got it!" Ah, I love Lucas! I don't know where he learned to be so suave but he bowled me over!
Yesterday may have been Stan's and my first time buying a pretty bed but it wasn't the first time Lucas has amazed me with his quick wit and lightening fast brain pulling out the ultimate compliment. God love the kid...he is one sharp kid when it comes to making people feel good. I just smile when I think of some of the things he has said and done to make me feel on top of the world. I hope Lucas never loses the ability he has and the gift he was given to make someone's day just a little brighter. I just love that kid.
Oh, for the love of my children....