Today, I celebrate 49 years on this planet and I’m reminded of a comment you made several birthdays ago.
“I don’t know what to get you for your birthday. I feel so guilty just getting you a Barnes and Noble gift card.”
Well, you should have felt guilty.
For a bookworm like myself, one can never go wrong with a Barnes and Noble gift card. Reading is my #1 addiction and I would never turn down a gift card for ebooks.
The lyric line from that Beyonce song comes to mind:
You must not know 'bout me
You must not know 'bout me
You didn’t know what to get me for my birthday?
All those times I asked you to Shazam a song = iTunes gift card.
All those times I would order the Fruit and Cheese Fantasia from Pita Jungle and you would nibble on some of it with me = PJ gift card.
All those times I went to see a movie without you because I knew you wouldn’t want to see it = Harkins or AMC gift card.
You knew the name of my favorite band (Linkin Park) and had my favorite alternative radio station (98 KUPD) programmed in your car so you knew the kind of music I listened to = tickets to a concert. Doesn’t take much to check out the radio website and see who’s comin’ to town.
I have a Betty Boop pillow, a Betty Boop throw blanket, and a Betty Boop steering wheel cover. I nearly lost my damn mind in the fucking Betty Boop store at Universal Studios because I wanted to buy #AlltheBettyBoopThings. I practically screamed the place down when I saw her character in the fucking park and had to get a picture with her! Your best friend's wife bought me Betty Boop shit for Christmas. Every. Year = buying me Betty Boop ANYFUCKINGTHING.
I’m a HUGE fan of James Bond. Sean. Pierce. Daniel. In that order. You even made me a special box for my DVDs = buying me James Bond ANYFUCKINGTHING.
My favorite X-Men character is Storm. I dressed up as her for Halloween several times. We’ve seen all the movies = buying me Storm ANYFUCKINGTHING.
All those times I went to the theater with my niece because I knew you wouldn't want to go = tickets to a performance at Gammage or the Orpheum
My favorite flowers are daisies = a bouquet of daisies
All those times I used go to The Body Shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square to get my body butter and you would come with me = The Body Shop gift card
My favorite desserts are red velvet cake and tiramisu = how about getting me something sweet?
The BN gift card and dinner at the restaurant of my choice was always the safe route for you. And I was fine with that. I always liked finding new places to eat.
But all the clues were there.
You just weren’t paying attention.
6 years of dating.
12 years of marriage.
You really knew nothing about me.
Black goddess musings on life and becoming a sustainably-conscious human being.