Monday, December 20, 2010

Best Presents

 My husband has given me countless presents over the years, some more memorable than others.  For 1 of our 1st Valentines Days, he spent an afternoon at an Asian grocery store learning how to make sushi and then came home and prepared a sushi feast.  One Christmas he booked us a few days at the Grove Park Inn, a luxurious resort and spa.  And for 1 of my birthdays during our tour in Japan, he bought me a strand of exquisite Japanese pearls that will eventually be passed down to our daughter (which is extra special because she was born in Japan).  As much as I loved these gifts, I have to say that 1 of my all-time favorite presents from my husband is something much simpler than these.  It's a 10-year journal he found in a Japanese stationary shop.


 
Since I was a kid, I've loved writing in journals.  I still have my 1st diary with its lock and key that I used to write about the boys I liked as I dotted my i's with hearts.  I kept journals sporadically in high school, but it wasn't until midway through college that I wrote regularly.  When I ran out of fancy journals given to me as gifts, I started using composition notebooks.  I now have a tub filled with dozens of journals, all numbered chronologically.  They are such a treasured collection that when I had to evacuate my home years ago because of a hurricane, that tub was 1 of the few possessions I took with me.  So when my husband gave me this 10-year journal, I was ecstatic.
 
Each page in the journal marks a day with 10 divisions, 1 for each year.  There's only enough room to write 3 or 4 sentences, but it's perfect because I no longer have the time to write the long passages I once did in my composition notebooks.  I've been writing in the journal for 3 years now, and each day I look back at what I wrote last year and the year before.  It's so much fun seeing how much my life has changed (or not changed!) over the years.  And when I finally reach the end of the journal, I'll have a decade of my life documented in 1 neat little book.  I can't wait to see where this journal will take me.
 
My journal wasn't an extravagent gift.  But it meant so much because my husband knew how much I would love and appreciate it.  And it's a gift that will keep on giving for 7 more years!
 
What was the best gift you've ever received?
 
 

4 comments:

  1. When you mentioned this gift last week, I immediately searched for something similar online! What a genius idea! Thank you for sharing it. <3

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  2. The best gift? When my parents FINALLY relented and signed me up for horseback riding lessons. They had no idea that 15 years later: I would still be riding. :-)

    Now, if someone would just buy me the damn pony I've wanted since I was 4. :P

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  3. That is so cool! I've never heard of this before. I used to keep journals for many years but haven't recently. I guess because blogging and other stuff have taken all my time away. I love the idea of a 10 year journal and being able to look back and see what you wrote each year. Such a cool idea. I want to get one!!!

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  4. PS Your husband sounds like a really thoughtful guy.

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