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My husband is a practical romantic.

Now, you may wonder, is there such a thing? But, of course. He is the guy who will not remember birthdays and anniversaries. He is the chap who will have reminders on his Google calendar for events and occasions and still turn to me and ask if an important day is around the corner.

He is the man who will not gift me anything on my birthday or anniversary. But, you know what he does? He gives me more.

Soon after we were engaged, he picked up this elegant, fine and bewitching bracelet for me. The thought, the love and the prettiness of that piece left me breathless with excitement. I received it a full two months before my wedding. I wore it with pride and love, bursting from my heart. I was thrilled that I had such an attentive, loving chap in my life.

The following year, on my birthday, he gave me nothing. I was disappointed, to say the least. But, I told myself, this happens after marriage. Less than a week later, he gifted me two sarees. I was overjoyed and asked him, ‘But why are you giving me these now? My birthday was a week ago.’

He looked at me and said, ‘If I were to give you something on that day, when you obviously expect it, where is the fun in that? Don’t you know that I love you all through the year and not just on your birthday or anniversary?’

And, just like that,in that moment, my world changed. My perception grew and my heart overflowed. I understood what the art of giving really meant.

It means that his love for me is not bound by time and material things. It is Love itself.



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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

G is for Gifting

My theme for the month is :Β Introspection in shades of 11

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Nabanita · April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

You have got a good man woman…! Such practical romantics are the ones worth spending our lives with!

Random Thoughts Naba

Aditi · April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Aww so sweet!! Intelligent and romantic your man! πŸ˜‰

Jessica Shipman · April 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I love this story! There is so much more thought put into surprises.

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Midnight scribbles · April 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Awww sounds like a good man. You're lucky πŸ™‚

Psych Babbler · April 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Such an 'aww' post… πŸ™‚

Sushree Dash · April 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Wow ..how sweet …love all the way ….

Ananya Tales · April 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm

Hey thats a sweet one, What a good point ur husband made πŸ™‚

Carol Graham · April 8, 2014 at 1:47 am

Very wise man — how happy that must have made you.

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:25 am

Indeed I am blessed, Naba. And I give thanks everyday πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:26 am

Isn't he, though? πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:31 am

Thanks for stopping by, Jessica πŸ™‚ Yes, surprises are always welcome πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

He is the best! Thanks, MS!

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:35 am

And I am awed that you stopped by, PB πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:36 am

Absolutely, Sushree! Thank you πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

Isn't it? Makes us look at gifting and love in a whole new way πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:40 am

More happy than I have the words to express, Carol. Thank you πŸ™‚

Lucy Sparks · April 8, 2014 at 3:17 am

Isn't life fun when we can expect the unexpected?!! I love that your hubby does that for you!

Sreeja Praveen · April 8, 2014 at 3:24 am

This is truly touching. Gifting everyday, and when you least expect it, makes it all the more joyful. It will give him immense joy, too, to see your happiness πŸ™‚ This post is full of love πŸ™‚

PhenoMenon · April 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

Well thats one way of escaping from forgetting a wife's bday :P..Must try πŸ˜€

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tulika singh · April 8, 2014 at 4:11 am

Can drive one crazy.. these practical romantics. Nice term by the way. Sounds a lot like mine. Quite true actually.. the thing about loving everyday!

Harleo - Adventures of Two Golden Doodles · April 8, 2014 at 4:19 am

You two are definitely meant for one another. You understand him, and that is so important. they say there is a soul mate for everyone, I believe you've found yours. Nice heartfelt story.

Eli Z · April 8, 2014 at 4:31 am

Aaaww- I loved your story today:-) Made me warm at heart to read.. and so true:-) Lovely guy you've got there – you sound very ..right for each other:-)Long live love:-) He he

Pixie · April 8, 2014 at 5:05 am

Awww!! Such a precious post! πŸ™‚
and the necklace is lovely!! πŸ™‚

pkdeka · April 8, 2014 at 5:38 am

lucky you .. lucky husband .. his wife understands …

the little princess · April 8, 2014 at 5:40 am

dropping in from the A-Zchallenge…. surprises are always so special…! it's the perfect way into each other hearts!

Shilpa Garg · April 8, 2014 at 5:47 am

Wow! You sure are a lucky woman, Shailaja! Touch wood! And I liked the term practical romantic! πŸ˜€

Beloo Mehra · April 8, 2014 at 5:59 am

The doting mom has a doting husband too πŸ™‚ Loved reading this story of love everyday.

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taleoftwotomatoes · April 8, 2014 at 6:03 am

Awesome, I can totally relate. My hubby is a practical romantic too. Yesterday when we went for shopping, he asked me to pick up the teddy. I was confused. He said, “This is for u”. Pleasantly surprised…. : ):) Yayyyyy… Thanks for the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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Ida Chiavaro · April 8, 2014 at 6:40 am

I love that you appreciated is late gift and the lesson you gained from it. I am always curious about couples that spend more than they can afford on each other for birthdays and other celebrations, I'm somewhat of a practical romantic, and prefer to save for holidays together something we need too.
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Vidya Sury · April 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

How nice! πŸ™‚ May you always stay blessed like this!

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 8, 2014 at 6:49 am

G for goosebumps :O I got goosebumps reading this!! :O Awww.. such a lovely couple *hugs shailaja and blows air kisses*

~S(t)ri
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Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:01 am

That is one of the best things about him, Lucy πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

Glad you could see the love, Sreeja πŸ™‚ Thanks!

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

Why am I NOT surprised, Pheno? Meena, watch out πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:14 am

Yes, I kind of like the term myself. Coined it in a moment of inspiration πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

I am not sure I believe in soulmates. I think every relationship needs love and work and I am sure I have put in a fair amount of both into this one πŸ™‚ But, I appreciate the sentiment. Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:17 am

Right for each other πŸ™‚ Yes, that about says it, Eli πŸ™‚ Thank you!

Swathi Shenoy · April 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

awww how sweet <3 may this sweetness last till the end πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thanks! It is a bracelet πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

Yes she does πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by.

Prasanna Rao · April 8, 2014 at 8:36 am

That's a lovely bracelet and I liked the way your hubby explained gifting someone on days other than the special occasions πŸ™‚

Jyotsna Bhatia · April 8, 2014 at 8:45 am

'Practical Romantic' – what a term !! Such a sweet post πŸ™‚

ovengoodies · April 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

Super term – 'practical romantic'! What does V think of it? This is such a lovely post. Surprises keep the romance alive, don't they!

Mina Menon · April 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

I dont risk that.. cause i kepp conveniently dropping hints abt my upcoming bday πŸ˜›

Rajlakshmi · April 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

aww that is so sweet πŸ˜€ I loved how you described him as practical romantic πŸ˜€
The bracelets looks fabulous πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

I have to agree πŸ™‚ Thanks for being here, princess πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

Lucky is right,Shilpa πŸ™‚ And blessed. Thank you πŸ™‚

proactiveindian.com · April 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

A 'practical' comment: both of you are lucky (or, have you created that luck?) that you see eye to eye on the subject of 'practical romance'!

Jayanta Tewari · April 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

A nice and sweet read…Wish you all the best.

vishalbheeroo · April 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Love is timeless and grows beyond dates. Sweet post:)

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Indeed she does. Thanks Beloo πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Whoa! So he read your comment on my post yesterday? How sweet! Lovely to hear this, Shalini πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Yes, Ida. I agree that spending time together is way more important than material things. I like the idea of saving for holidays together.

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

And may I always be blessed to have your company, Vidya πŸ™‚ Many hugs to you πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Thank you Stri. You know how to make my day πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thank you for that sweet wish, Swathi πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 8, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Prasanna πŸ™‚ No wonder I love him so πŸ™‚

Mary Purpari · April 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Thank you for this nice post that helps put things in perspective.

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm

This is so pure and touching! My parents share the same bond. I feel I will learn these things when my time comes. Stay blessed and keep posting such things. Our perception grows too along with yours! πŸ™‚

Danny Simon · April 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Lol! Reminds me of my marriage! Great post btw, got me smiling from the beginning till the end… N one more thing, not to burst your bubble…perhaps he did forget your birthday πŸ˜‰

Elsie Amata · April 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Aww, that made me smile! There's something so special about getting gifts, “just because.” My hubby forgot my birthday last year and I was crushed but then put it into perspective – he had just started his new job and really, was only an hour late wishing me Happy Birthday. So, I got off my high horse and was able to appreciate him and all he does again =P

Elsie
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Kathy Combs · April 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm

How lovely. That made me smile! While I think I would still be a bit disappointed by no remembrance on birthdays and anniversaries, the surprises would be awesome too. β™₯

sitara nair · April 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

That was so cute….
Blessed you are…

Shailaja V · April 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

Thank you Jyotsna. Happy to please πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · April 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

V doesn't read my blog, except on occasion or when I thrust the Tablet under his nose and say 'Read'. Then, he responds with a smile or 'you should get a book published.' πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · April 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

I used to do that and then got tired of it πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · April 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

Thanks Rajlakshmi!

Corinne Rodrigues · April 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Lucky girl, you! What happens this birthday? πŸ˜‰

Scattered Mama · April 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Practical romantics! i like the way you coined that….the world seems to be full of them!

IdeaSmith · April 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Awwww. Seriously awww. 'Nuff said.

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