George comes up with the best ideas for presents. Many years ago, he gave me a microwave oven when I didn’t really want one. He knew me well enough to know I’d use it ten times a day. He’s also much more romantic than I. For our anniversary many years ago he gave me a pair of peach-faced lovebirds. Beautiful creatures. Sadly, they hated each other–that’s another story–but the idea was lovely.
In late November, he told me he’d ordered a present, a perfect gift, for me and not to open any packages that came by UPS.
First, however, I must explain that I am a TiVo addict. I record programs to watch later so I can fast forward through commercials or rewind to see a great basketball play. I do record programs at the time they start but wait twenty minutes to watch them. Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of wandering off, putting the remote down, and not being able to find it again, a tragedy when one is as dependent upon one’s remote as I am. I’ve considered having it surgical implanted in my arm.
A few weeks ago, a package arrived. I checked the label to see if it was addressed to George or to me. When I did, I also saw the return address. It came from a company with the name “Where’s the remote?” That really ruined every bit of surprise. He had me go ahead and open it. Together, we attached the receiver to the back of my remote. It’s about the size and shape as the remote that unlocks your car.
I used it once or twice to find the remote when it fell off the end table or found its way under the cushions. One day when I couldn’t find it, I picked up the transmitter. The remote beeped from my purse. On my own, I wouldn’t have found it until I left the house days later.
Thank you, George. As usual, the perfect present.
On Thursday, I need all of you to help me think of the perfect present for George. Please–I’m really bad at this.