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Why I Love My Wife

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I came home one evening and our kitchen table was lined with about a dozen plants with a note attached to each. Ah, Christmas gifts for my daughter’s teachers, therapists and aides. She’s a kid with special needs and these gifts were for all the people who help fill those needs with their special talents.

Three things about these plants really pleased me.

1. I hadn’t bought presents for my family yet, let alone others. Check these off the list.

2. There was no sign of glitter. I hate glitter. I’m like a magnet for glitter. A week after a glitterfest with our kids and co-workers are still asking me if I just came from a princess party.

3. I read the card. Wow. I actually had to take a moment. I find it difficult to tell these teachers, therapists and aides – truly exceptional people who help my kid gain the courage to engage a big, scary world – how much we appreciate what they do. And more importantly, remind them how big of an impact they have on her life. There aren’t many people she knows by name.  Those she does are VIPs in our book. With this little gift, with the words on the card, with the genuine thought and feeling that went into it, my wife nailed it. She expressed our gratitude in a way they would feel.

I love my wife for so many reasons. Today it’s because she can make a $5 gift feel like a million bucks.

Christmas note, gift

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Originally published: February 3, 2014
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