(Reposting from Bo Sanchez’ Blog)
Guess what I gave my wife on the eve of our wedding.
My honeymoon present, if you may.
Right after the big wedding of a thousand guests, at 12:00 midnight, when we were finally alone in our hotel room in a far-away resort as two awkward and giddy virgins with excited hormones slambanging and sloshing through our veins, I decided it was time to give her my honeymoon present.
Wrapped in a simple brown bag, my bride took one look at it and was petrified.
After all, it was our honeymoon and I could legally give her anything sexy, sexual, sensual, seductive and all the intimate “s” words you can think of and God wouldn’t mind.
She closed her eyes and poked her hand in the bag and pulled it out.
And so there it was in all its green and yellow glory, a Crayola box of 64 crayons, with the built-in sharpener in the middle. Plus three coloring books of Winnie the Pooh. You see, months back, she told me that one of her fantasies was to have her very own 64-set Crayola. (I was about to share my own fantasies with her but decided against it.)
So upon seeing the crayons, my bride shrieked and went to work at once. She poured out the fat little sticks of peach and magenta and pink and amber and silver and gold… and all the way until 3:00 AM, Winnie the Pooh became beautiful in her hands. (Unfortunately for me, she forget about the excited hormones slambanging and sloshing through her veins.)
That’s why I always say that our honeymoon was the most colorful in the world.
And our lives have been such!
We take delight in the simplest things.
Sure, I could have given her a one-carat diamond ring.
Or a lady’s Rolex.
Or a new pair of Ferragamo.
But I didn’t because of two important reasons.
First, I couldn’t afford them.
Second, we’re learning to delight in the simplest things.
I have here a list of things you can do that’s really downright inexpensive.
Take a stroll together.
Watch the sunrise from your window and pray.
Play with a baby.
Read a good book under a tree.
Watch a Walt Disney film with the kids.
Order coffee (and nothing else) with your beloved one late night at a hotel lounge.
Sleep till 9:00 AM one Saturday.
Write love letters to your friends.
As early as April, make your own Christmas gifts.
Smile to strangers.
Take delight in the simplest things.
May your dreams come true,