As a college sophomore subsisting on loans, I was excited when my boyfriend Ron suggested we go Christmas shopping together. He wanted me to try on dresses so he could choose one for my present. I found a dress I absolutely adored – a hot pink knit with a black patent leather belt. I strongly hinted that this was the one I wanted.
When he invited me to spend Christmas with his family and casually mentioned, “Bring a dress and your black patent shoes in case we go dancing”, I was delighted to know I was getting that dress!
On Christmas morning, his family convened around a colorful tree surrounded with presents. In my childhood, we had often been too poor to even buy a tree, so this was a treat. I received several gifts from his family but kept waiting for that big dress box that I was sure was hidden somewhere behind the tree.
Finally, he handed me my gift – a box so little it wouldn’t even hold the belt! I was deeply disappointed but smiled bravely, removing the paper.
Inside was a satin box. I opened it to reveal a dainty, shiny, golden watch. Speechless, I looked at him.
He explained, “You always ask me what time it is, so I thought you could use one. I didn’t want you to guess, so I misled you a little. Hope you’re not too disappointed about that dress.”
What Ron did not know, was that as a little girl I had dreamed of owning a gold wristwatch. No one in our family owned a watch. I had vowed to myself, “Someday, Ellie, you’ll have a gold watch and then you will have made it in this world!”
Many Christmases have passed since that one long ago, but to this day, somehow, my husband Ron still knows what I want, what I need, often before I do. And he still manages to sneak in surprises.
I still think about that hot pink dress, though…
– Ellie Hadsall
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