Primo came into the kitchen this morning, holding something before him. "I hadn't unpacked, so I had forgotten that I brought this for you," he said.
I thought it might be chocolate.
Because that is what I would want, right? Or a new purse? One with a divider in the middle so I do not have to remove everything - two pairs of glasses, phone, wallet, my business cards tucked inside a birth-control pill thingy,* handkerchief, a few pens, and container holding my emergency chocolate, my nail clippers, my tweezers, and my migraine drugs - to find what I want.
Purse makers. Do you user test your product at all?
Or is it just to be expected that it will be difficult to find items?
He bore a gift for me. How sweet! What was it?
"When Stephanie and I were sorting through my mom's clothes, I found this t-shirt of hers," he said. "Look! It has kitties on it! And gardens! You love both of those and so did my mom. You could wear this to sleep in!" He lay it on the counter and stepped back happily.
I gasped. Thought.
"I can't see it," I said. "I'm not wearing my glasses."
He brought it to me.
It was indeed a t-shirt with cats and gardens and some caption about cats and gardens.
"Isn't it nice?" he asked wistfully. "You could wear it."
He patted it lovingly.
Lord have mercy what is the proper etiquette when your husband, whom you love deeply, asks you to wear something that belonged to his mother, whom you did not love deeply and who had very bad taste in clothes?
I am going to have to wear that t-shirt, aren't I?
* That was Primo's idea. My three-month supply arrived in the mail one day and I was throwing everything except the blister pack, Primo picked up one of the suede-y little envelopes and said, "This is the perfect size for business cards!"
I laughed and told him he was such an engineer and that nobody in her right mind would use a birth-control pill packet for business cards.
And then I thought about it and realized he was exactly right - it IS the perfect size for business cards - and that is where my cards have resided since.