Trading Gifts of Precious Stone

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There are times when no matter how hard you try you just can’t do what you really planned.  For example, suppose you had wanted to give your favorite lady a present you could enjoy together.  So, you’d saved cash in a special account, and looked forward to buying a mountain condo where you could look at the lake and watch folks sailing while breathing fresh mountain air.  At least, that’s what you’d planned for over two years.  Then you learn the unit was no longer available.  All that time spent saving, planning, researching improvements, and even making preliminary arrangements to sell or lease your current home had to be put in the trash can.  Now your wife is upstairs getting all dressed up to go to your favorite restaurant where you’d planned to tell her you had made the purchase.  What are you going to you tell her?

I was devastated when I encountered that situation.  My first thought was to cancel our night out, but I knew I couldn’t hide my disappointment and discouragement from her.  Besides, this was supposed to be my present to her; now I was acting like someone who’d lost his chance to see his favorite band perform.  Finally, I decided that we’d go to the dinner and I’d tell her the truth.  Of course, she had already sensed something special was afoot.  What I didn’t know was that she had made her own plans that had nothing to do with a cabin in the mountains.  She surprised me by making reservations for a two-week cruise to celebrate our anniversary.  She’d taken advantage of some Groupon travel specials to get a special cabin at a great discount.

I was overwhelmed.  But fortunately, I hadn’t spent all my time moping.  I had taken a few moments to look at Zales latest selection and picked a necklace that would look great and show her how much I appreciated her.  I used a Groupon promo code and ordered it delivered to us that day.  So when she put those cruise brochures before me on the restaurant table that evening, I was able to put that necklace case before her in reply.  It took so long to respond to the surprise that the waiter had to reheat our dinner.  But the meal was a great way for us to savor the coming days we will spend together.

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