I have been unable to talk about it on a public forum until now, but I would like to tell you about the birthday present Jesse got me.
Last night, as I was watching the tail end of an episode of Friends after a 3 hr. class at UD, Jesse handed me a big gift bag. Inside was a tiny dog collar and dogfood.
That’s right! We’re getting a dog! On Friday, Ms. Tana, the Kindergarten teacher, brought 4 beautiful malti-poo puppies to work for her class to see. 3 of the 4 were already spoken for, so that left all the adoring parents to fight over who got to buy the 4th.
I, of course, didn’t find out about the puppies until after chapel. By that time, there was a waiting list for that 4th puppy. I told Tana that I would be interested. She said it was a long shot since so many other people wanted to buy her.
As the afternoon drew to a close, the waiting list grew shorter and shorter, as moms returned with “No” s from their husbands. So I called Jesse and told him about the puppy.
At first, he was ecstatic that I finally wanted a puppy instead of a cat. He has been wanting a canine of some sort ever since we got our crazy cat Mirabelle. But he wasn’t too sure about the responsibility or committment involved. And that was before I mentioned that she was $200. And that she would only grow to be around 10 1bs. (which is half the size of our cat!).
At around 4 pm Friday afternoon, Tana called and left a message on my voicemail saying that I was next on the waiting list.
So, after many conversations, a visit to see the puppy at Tana’s house on Saturday night, and research about shots and “potty training”, I didn’t know if Jesse was going to go for it. I knew we had time- the puppy was only 6 weeks and still needed to be weaned- and I knew that Jesse thought she was incredibly adorable, but I didn’t feel secure.
So this present meant a lot. It meant that Jesse had made this decision on his own, without me pushing him into it (I NUDGED, not pushed!) , and that it really was a gift from him for my birthday.
I don’t have an picture of the actual puppy yet, who were are calling “Clarabelle” for the time being (the next pet we get will have to be Anabelle!), but I do have a picture of a Maltipoo that looks almost exactly like ours. Picture this color, but with more white spots around the neck and nose.
But the best present was when Jesse woke up in the middle of the night (I always go to bed later than he does!) and whispered, “Honey, I’m so glad that you were born.” Simple, but it felt like the best present of all 🙂