The Gift: Part One

“Okay, make sure to close your eyes,” he requested. I heard him lifting something very heavy and placing it on the floor near me. This gift was long talked about between us, he had been working on it for months and I waited (very impatiently) for the day to come when I would receive it.

First let me say, my boyfriend is one of those unicorns, who is placed on earth to make every other man alive look like a complete and utter dud. He is smart, thoughtful, funny, affectionate, loyal, handsome, caring… oh, did I mention incredibly smart? He is also the type to be good at just about anything he sets his mind to. Ugh, I know!

I had been begging for hints ever since he mentioned in passing he was ‘making me something’ for my birthday in mid-February. As you may have guessed, I am not the patient type when it comes to gifts. At Christmas-time he gifted me with a small key, with little information as to what exactly it would open.


The key to nowhere

The day had finally come this weekend where he was unveiling his great work to me. When I opened my eyes, I saw a rectangular piece of wood with copper pipes. “Do you know what it is?” he asked. My blank expression more than answered for me, “ummmm, no?”


The first “piece” of my gift

He seemed more than thrilled I had no idea what this wooden creation was, even reveled in my best (and incorrect) guesses which included: dog wash station, candle holder, grandfather clock, sink, dog house, towel warmer… I even got my friends to take a stab. My best friend guessed a Rube Goldberg machine, which I immediately consulted the oracle of, and had a good long laugh.

“There are more pieces,” he smiled. Still not giving away any more hints which might help me along. I kept the guesses coming well after he left via text-message. All wrong. My inner five-year-old was fuming at the concept of getting such a unrecognizable, and currently unusable gift.

But knowing my sweetheart, I am certain that this lovely piece of hand-crafted mahogany serves a purpose, and in time when he is ready to reveal the full gift, I will know it was constructed out of pure love.

Any guesses as to what this might be? Please share!

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