My wife is a singer, and a very good one at that. One of her singing activities is performing in a Children’s Traveling Opera. It involves going around to local schools to perform an opera for the students. The Opera group has the children participate by having some of them dress up in costumes and mime the roles. The students really get into it and are exposed to a style of music many of them have never heard before. I went to a performance last fall and it is a lot of fun!
Well, after a break for the holidays and New Year, her performances started up again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it because of work. I knew that when I got home from work my wife would be excited about the performance, and I wanted to share in her excitement – and surprise her as well.
So on the way home from work, I picked up a small bouquet of flowers and some Ferrero Rocher chocolates (which are excellent if you’ve never had them!). I made her close her eyes when I opened in the door, I put my work computer down, took off my jacket, and held the flowers out to her. When she opened her eyes, they instantly grew in excitement, wonderment, and finally a little tear of joy. The transformation for all of these emotions took about half a second.
“Why?” she asked.
“Because today was your first show and I couldn’t be there,” was my reply.
The hug I received in return was worth well more than the $10 I spent on the flowers. Throughout dinner my wife’s eyes went back and forth between the flowers and me. All night we continued to flirt with each other and smile for no other reason than we enjoy each other’s company. And that was a beautiful feeling.
photo credit: nishka.