A couple days ago Lea mentioned seeing a “cute outfit” in one of the local clothing stores while having coffee with her friend, Glenna. Yesterday, without telling Lea, I sent Glenna a text message and asked her if she had any clue which outfit Lea was talking about. She did and agreed to meet me there to show me exactly what Lea was looking at.
I met Glenna there after lunch. I think I could have guessed which one it was, but I wanted to be sure I knew exactly. Glenna mentioned how nice Lea was going to look in it, and I agreed.
When I went to pay out the sweet lady behind the register said, “Oh, that is so cute, is it for Lea’s birthday?”
I said, “No, ma’am.”
Then she said, “Is it an anniversary present?”
Again, I said, “No.”
She was persistent and asked, “Christmas shopping this early?”
I just shook my head, “no.”
She paused and said, “Oh, in the doghouse,” like she’d finally figured it out.
I grinned and said, “No, ma’am, but I may have to remind her of this the next time I am.”
She smiled and said, “Ah, aren’t you sweet. You’re getting this for her for no reason at all. Just brownie-points.”
I said, “Okay, now you pegged it. I like all the brownie-points I can get, but I’m really getting this for her because she’s always doing nice stuff for me. I’m just trying to get even with her … in a good way.”
One of the ladies behind me in line, who’d been listening in on our conversation, said, “Now that’s the key to a good marriage, doing things for one another for no reason at all.”
I agreed with her, thanked the lady at the register and left.
On the way home, I got to thinking about what the lady behind me said, she was 100% right, “The key to a happy marriage is trying to out-do your spouse at meeting each other’s needs.”
At least that has worked really well for ours.
“Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting.” Ephesians 5:25 (The Message)