He said it didn't really matter all that much to him. Sure, it's his birthday, but he's not exactly a birthday-guy, if you know what I mean? He doesn't require -- nor necessarily want -- a bunch of hoopla when it comes to his day. No presents, no parties, and no big deal.
But that simply doesn't set right with me.
While he's never been much for a lot of fuss, it's never stopped me from thinking up something fun for his birthday. There was the one year my girlfriend and I plotted together to cook up a 5-course dinner -- including homemade chocolate truffles for dessert. Then there was the year I found that gorgeous, burgundy wool sweater for him. He said little at the time, but he wore it for years and years afterward (which said way more than words). Then last year we traveled back east and were able to visit our eldest son in college over there. A different, but special, kind of birthday.
But this year? What to do this time? Stumped.
He says he doesn't need anything. That he's a content man.
But surely, there must be something...
Deep down everyone wants a gift, don't they? Of course, they do. I believe he does too – though he might not recognize it. And after I pondered the question for a while, I came up with not only one gift, but FIVE gifts. Gifts he hasn't asked for, but gifts I'm confident he can't refuse.
Here, I’ll share them with you. In case you're looking for some good gift ideas too.
1. The Gift of Kindness
I want to offer him soft words and thoughtful gestures. In this mean and ugly world that we live in, I want him to return home to find sweetness and compassion here. Not even "random" acts of kindness, but purposeful ones – ones that are intended to say, "I love you" and "You're often on my heart and mind."