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Presents! written by Christy Laverty

Posted By Rebecca Eckler on April 18, 2011

Tagged: Christy Laverty, Rant, Rave

Ah… presents. Really, who doesn’t love them? Let’s be honest, no one. 

My husband has always been good at presents, even before we were married. One year for Valentines Day, since I had to work that evening, he came to the building to deliver a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a gorgeous black leather jacket he spotted in a store he thought I should have.

And then there was the time he got me a car, ya I know, crazy.

He took care of the upfront charges and a couple of payments for me and then it was all mine. When it wasn’t going to be delivered on time he got me a beautiful coffee machine and cappuccino maker. And how could I ever forget the year he got me earrings. Not just any earrings but beautiful diamond studs. I always wanted a pair and the first Christmas with our first daughter he got them for me. He said that I deserved them for giving him a beautiful daughter. (So sweet, right?) 

All great gifts and any woman would be happy with that, yes? I’m sure I’m not alone here, lots of husbands and boyfriends give their special lady great gifts at some point during the relationship (or at least I hope they do) * hint to the men out there* Gifts are good every once in a while (OK, all the time) but why is it that women want more. Or at least I do.

Is that wrong? 

OK, let me clarify a little here. I’m not saying I want more gifts. To be honest I don’t really like gifts all the time, I just don’t think it’s necessary to spend money on trinkets and things. What I would like is a gift that keeps on giving, like someone to vacuum the house, or do the dishes or just pick up around the house and I don’t mean a maid (although that might be nice too). I would like my man to do more around the house. He does have the girls at night while I’m at work but I just wish more was getting done around the house. He’s more fun and I’m more work.  

I don’t think I’m asking for a lot. It’s an interesting thing though because I think it’s a lot like the continental divide. There is often a huge difference in how men and women view this part of a relationship, especially when kids come along. I have to admit that maybe I need to delegate more, not take control of everything. (That doesn’t sound like any woman or mom I know…does it now?) Talk to any woman and I think you would find many say they would love more help around the house, a more equal division of household labour if you will.

Or maybe it’s just me? (Hmm maybe that’s a topic for another article…but I digress). A little would go a long way to warming my heart.  

What do you think? Agree or disagree?

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Christy Laverty is a mom, wife, broadcaster, journalist, writer and blogger …all of the above but not always in that order. You can follow her on Twitter, @ImFreckles, and read more of her writing on her blog, Freckles the Mom.

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