There have been two occasions that I can recall when my husband Juan, upon waking in the morning, was so happy that the day had arrived that he proclaimed with joy like a child on Christmas morning, “Guess what today is?”
One of those occasions was the morning of our wedding day. He woke up, rolled over and with a sleepy, but happy grin said:
“Guess what today is?”
Of course, I responded, “Our wedding day!”
To which he replied, “No. Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets go on sale.”
Did you think I was joking when I told you before about his obsession with the rock band Kiss? So, I really should not have been surprised when I learned that on the morning of the day when we would pledge our lives to each other, he was thinking, not of our pending nuptials, but that the long-awaited Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets would finally go on sale. So, while I was getting coiffed, made-up and dressed up for our big day, he was at home, on-line , buying concert tickets for his favorite band.
The second occasion I can recall when Juan woke up happier than a kid on Christmas was yesterday. Juan woke up and announced, “Today is the day I am finally eligible for the iPhone 4 upgrade!” Yes. It was the long-awaited day when he could upgrade his phone. But his joy was short-lived when I reminded him that we had discussed it and he had already decided he would wait until January to purchase the upgrade. Like a kid who found coal in his stocking, Juan sighed and agreed that he was going to wait. I thought that was the end of the discussion until Juan called me while I was driving home from running an errand at the local shopping mall. The conversation went something like this:
J: Did you buy anything?
Me: No. Nothing for me, but I bought Diego a pair of shoes.
J: Really? Didn’t you want to find something for yourself. Maybe you should go to another store and check out what they have?
Me: No. I am tired. I am coming home. Why? What have you been doing?
J: Well, Diego and I went to the yogurt store.
(Hmmm… Since when does a husband need to encourage his wife to go shopping? How suspicious that the yogurt store happens to be across the street from the Apple Store.)
Me: Did you buy the iPhone?
J: Well….yes. We can talk about it when you get home.
Of course, when I got home there was nothing to talk about. It would have been like telling someone that Christmas was cancelled. Besides, Juan was already playing with his new phone, and had completed configuring his old iPhone for my use. So, Christmas came early for Juan, and now I guess I’ll be learning how to use his old iPhone.