For those of you who don't know my husband, let me let you in on a little secret. Josh is a technology nerd. And an information junkie. And an Apple fanboy. Want to know the latest specs on the new iPhone? He can tell you. Looking for a surround sound system? He'll give you A+ recommendations on which ones are the best. He spent months researching which television we were going to buy for our house. And he was talking about the new iPad 3 prior to its release for what seemed to me like an eternity.
Each evening, for no fewer than 6 weeks, he updated me on the new features that the latest version of the iPad would possess. And how badly he needed it. And how sad he was that I wouldn't tell him it was okay to buy it because we already had one and it wasn't a necessity right now. And how utterly distraught he was that I told him he was absolutely NOT getting it as a birthday present.
So, of course, I ordered it for him the day it was announced with every intention of, once it arrived, stashing it in the deepest, darkest corner of my closet until today, when we would celebrate his 28th birthday and I would be proclaimed the best wife to ever walk the face of the earth.
And for those of you who know me, I hate ruining a surprise. My grandmother, who I know as Mamaw, is the type of woman who'll read the last chapter of a book first to see if she wants to read the rest of it, and she always loved to have me open Christmas gifts in early December when most people haven't even begun their shopping. And what kind of kid doesn't love getting to open her gifts early? This one. I've always wanted to prolong the surprise and joy that I knew would ensue until the latest possible moment.
Until a month ago, when that Apple package arrived in the mail, and I knew I had to make a decision on which would be the greater surprise for Josh... giving the iPad to him immediately and allowing him the joy of having it at the same time as all of the other Apple addicts or waiting until his birthday and listening to him continue to talk about it for a full month?
After getting some bad advice from one of Josh's friends who shall remain nameless who told me I should wait until his birthday to present him with the iPad, I called my mom, who like me, also doesn't care for early gifts and ruined surprises. I asked her what she thought I should do, and her answer was simply,
"You never know what tomorrow brings."
She then proceeded to tell me that my giving the iPad to him early was also like a gift to myself as I wouldn't have to endure another month listening to Josh's first world problem of why it was so important for him to have the device he so coveted, which really sold me on the idea.
So like any good wife, I stashed the wrapped iPad in the diswasher and waited for him to get home. As soon as he walked through the door, he began trying to convince me why he should get the new iPad, and I promptly yelled at him to go load the diswasher.
Some surprises are just too good to wait :)