Unfortunately there was no way around him finding out. And the other people in my life spoiled me rotten all day long. Despite being sick I had a fantastic day. A hundred birthday wishes, enough bake goods to start a bakery, & a rolling pin which was a very well thought out gift- see for all the pizzas I make from scratch I don't actually have (until now!) a real rolling pin.
Over the course of the day BC had left to run 'errands' three times. Each time a tiny part of my heart hoped he was getting me a gift. I can admit, specifically I wanted a big bowl of hot and sour soup- that would have been the best birthday gift ever! BUT from BC anything saying 'I took the time to think of you and I am glad you were born' would have been the best gift ever. Each time he came back empty handed I was feeling a little less sure that I was as happy about my day as I thought I was.
So I made pizza with my new rolling pin and served it with yummy cake.
Then I announced the day of birthday fun was over. I was heading to bask in a hot shower before going to bed. I had little to no voice, my head hurt, my back hurt, my elbow hurt, my hair hurt....and I was a tiny bit sad.
BC followed me into the bedroom holding a shoe box. You can't go to bed without opening your gift and he handed me the box. It was awfully light. And when I opened it, it was awfully empty looking.
He laughed, "I got you an empty box."
Let me stop the story right there. That was a very dangerous thing for BC to have done. We are both lucky I didn't burst out crying or punch him in the nose. I was so unsure of what was happening I just stood there holding the box. "What is this?" I asked him, probably not very nicely either because that was the moment I was convinced he was making fun of me or at the very least trying to make a not so cute joke about him not getting me a gift. Seeing that I wasn't going to figure it out on my own he pointed out the little white envelope among the tissue paper I had missed. He explained. "It is gift card to the running company so you can go and fitted for any pair of running shoes you want."
I think new running shoes will go very nicely with all that cake!
Running shoes = I took the time to think of you, I am happy you were born, and I hope you live to run a very long time.