I got a phone call last night from Daryl, before I got home from work.
"Hey! You got a package!! What did my mother send you in the mail?? "
His momma had sent me my first birthday gift! (my birthday is this Wednesday, the 12th) . After I came home, I started leafing through the many Christmas cards and bills in the pile and set the gift aside while Daryl eyed me anxiously.
"Well? Aren't you going to open it?" He begged.
While I wast trying to cut into the packaging, Daryl hovered over my shoulder like an impatient, nosy child, saying, "Come on! Open it! I wanna see!! How come I never get care-packages like this from my mother?!?!".
"Hello?" I said, my eyebrows raised. "This is my birthday present!! And you do so get gifts from your Mom!"
"Not like that." He replied stubbornly.
So, first I opened up the card and it was one of those mushy "I'm so glad my son found you and that you're my daughter-in-law" type cards. The big sap I am, I welled up a bit after reading it. But the best part was when I handed it to Daryl and he read it and got completely misty-eyed and said, "Wow, my mom must really love you!"
Then I pulled out the wrapped gift. The last time we were up north visiting her I was admiring her LED Night Vision Book Light...cuz I LOVE to read in bed but Daryl can't sleep with the regular light on so I usually don't get to. But at his Mom's I tried it out and he slept right beside me while I was reading. It was awesome! So she got me one (yippy!) and also had written on a card that the next time we get together she would take me to Borders to pick out a new book.
There was also another little bag that she had included that was jam-packed with all kinds of herbal teas, hot chocolate packets and mini-marshmallows. Daryl then said in a soft voice, "Wow, she knows you pretty well. " He kept poking into the wrappings, as if he expected a present for him to jump out. "How come I didn't get anything?"
"Again, honey, this is for my birthday gift!" I laughed. "You know how when parents have their second baby and that baby gets tons of gifts so to make the adjustment easier on their firstborn, like a 2-year old, that two-year old gets gifts? Well YOU are like that two-year-old! Do you think that every time your mom sends/gives me a gift that she has to give you a little something too?"
He pouted for a minute and then said simply, "Yes." LOL
Anyway, I love my mother-in-law! She is so thoughtful!! :-)