Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday Chocolate

Eric and I are not a gushy, demonstrative couple. I can count on slightly over one hand the number of times I've received flowers. We often skip the gifts on birthdays and anniversaries. Our family's traditions are simple and we only have a few. It is not because of lack of affection, it is just the way we are.

So, when a tradition does take hold and become really meaningful, I think it is worthwhile to note it. Thus is the ritual of the Wednesday Chocolate.
Here is the back story. Eric has always been really good about getting milk. In fact I hardly ever think to buy it because he always makes sure we are stocked up. (BTW, it is little things like this that make flowers uneccessary.) If you are wondering why this is a big deal, we go through at least a gallon a day. I am a cold cereal mom due to seminary and my picky kids survive on milk's goodness. So, it is not good when we run out. Anyway, Eric has expanded his Wednesday night milk run to include a gift of chocolate for Sara and I. It started with just me, then he started bringing it to both of us. He tries to find something new and different each week because he knows I like dark chocolate and am loving the many different kinds that are now on the market. (tonight's was Dove Origins from Ecuador. ) He remembers that Sara likes milk chocolate. He never forgets. Now the kids are into it. They get a kick out of hand-delivering my "Wednesday Chocolate" to me. It is a small thing, but it brings me a lot of happiness. Eric gets misjudged as a little abrasive and harsh sometimes, and I always like publicizing his deep-down goodness.

13 comments:

  1. I love that Kellie. Clint and I are not gifty people either. We rarely buy each other presents, it's just not our thing. But like you said, it's those little things that add up to a great gift - and if it involves chocolate, I'm sold :)

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  2. oooooooh. how great is that? and how nice that the whole fam enjoys it now, too. i totally agree with your preference for dark chocolate!

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  3. Ooh, I like Chocolate Wednesday! Good times.

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  4. That's really sweet, and to think that he looks for different ones each week that you will like!

    I think I will have to remind Bri how much I like chocolate. You know, the milk thing is almost as good though. I would love to have my hubby buy milk for us every Wednesday!!

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  5. That is really sweet. The chocolate and the milk thing. Who needs flowers when you have such loving little acts of service?

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  6. Way to go Eric, I have never thought of him as anything but a true big brother and am not in the least surprised that he would do such a sweet thing for the two of you. Whenever I'm having a rough time Tim seems to show up with a caramelo, I don't know that I thank him enough for doing that.

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  7. That is a great tradition and so sweet! Adrian always calls when he fills up his car to see if I would like a goody from the gas station - I never even thought about how sweet that is before... Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for the little kindnesses!

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  8. what a beautiful thing. i agree, it is the little things on a consistent basis that show a person's true worth. my dad is like that. he's not overly affectionate, but he always keeps the cars full of gas and does the dishes every night for my mom. i think it's a wonderful way of showing someone how much you love them.

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  9. Your husband keeps the milk in the house? That is so adorable! I know what you mean about being a cold cereal family. Mornings without milk around here are very sad, very bad. That is just so thoughtful.

    Then, the chocolate! Too cute. When Michael surprises me with a Snickers I get all giddy that he thought of me while he was out. I love that your hubby includes both women in his house in his gift-giving. Very thoughtful.

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  10. Yet again, we're alike. I too can count on one hand how many times Chris has given me flowers (one time he recycled flowers my sister received, so I don't think that counts). And I love dark chocolate. We'll have to go out to a movie and devour dark chocolate all night. Calories don't count in theaters!

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  11. I'm with everybody else -- how thoughtful and sweet and a great tradition! We don't do gifts much either and I agree, it's all about the little things. (Jeff feeds the kids breakfast so I can sleep in -- my version of milk in the house!) I'll try and remember to bring you back some dark chocolate from out here. I found a brand that even I like.

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  12. that really is the sweetest thing....

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  13. That's great that it has become a weekly tradition. It looks like you are set for chocolate!

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