I Want Candy

February 10, 2010

Let’s face it, Chris and I don’t always communicate on the same wavelength. Chris thinks in very straightforward, black-and-white lines. I think in circles and tangents and lots of color and -- ooo look,a butterfly.

me n chris2

But one thing that Chris is good at is interpretation. He knows that “it’s nothing” means “I’m upset about something that you did” and that “I maybe cleaned the catlitter box” means “I thought about cleaning the catlitter box but then a good show came on TV and I got distracted.”

So, when Chris asked me last year what I wanted for my birthday, and I said “nothing” he knew this meant he still had to get me something.  He's no dummy.

When I said I didn’t want anything for my birthday, it didn’t mean that I literally wanted nothing. It just meant that I didn’t need a huge fancy gift, and that there (honestly) wasn’t one thing in particular that I wanted. In other words, some flowers and nice cake would be fine.

He complained that "I know if I don't get you something you'll be upset, so why can't you just name one thing that you want so I don't have to guess what to get you?"

I was reminded of this conversation during Ryan Seacrest's radio show the other morning.  Some lady called into Ryan Seacrest asking for advice. (I have yet to figure out why people call RS asking for relationship advice, but whatever.)  Here’s the basics of how the conversation went:

LADY: I have a problem.
RS: Okay, what is it?
LADY: Well, my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for Valentine’s Day, and I told him that he didn’t need to get me anything.
RS: So what’s the problem?
LADY: I’m worried that he’s not going to get me anything.

Yes, this lady told her boyfriend she didn’t want anything for Valentine’s day, and then got worried that he would actually listen to her and she’d get nothing on V-day.

Thank goodness Chris knows better. If you’re reading this, honey, I promise you don’t have to get me anything for Valentine’s day. Really. *snort*

5 comments:

kate said...

This is why instead of getting each other stuff for Valentine's day, Sam and I agreed to find the most ridiculous thing to do together...so we're going to a Monster Truck Rally on Sunday. Now if that's not beer-drinking-truck-smashin' love, I don't know what is.

kate said...

WOOO!! I got a comment to work on your blog!

Krista said...

Aah, I didn't realize it was having issues! I wonder if everyone else (well, all of the one other people that may comment on my humble blog:) is having this problem?

lifeofadoctorswife said...

Okay, I commented twice today already, but I just want to echo that YES, it is hard to comment on your blog. And your posts are so comment-worthy! For me, the issue is that once you fill in the little word verification, you can't see the box that says "submit post" or whatever.

Krista said...

Aahh, thanks for the info! Now if only I can figure out how to fix it, ugh. I will work on it because it makes me so happy to get comments!