Father’s Day

Last year I got my husband a book to read to our daughter. I think I’ve read it to her more than he has. So I probably ought to skip the book route for him.

But books are so fun to look for, buy, and read. I suppose no one can blame me for that- I’m a writer. It should be expected. I come from a family of readers – books are always great gifts.

I suppose one day I will accept that my husband is not – and never will be – a reader. Luckily, the same does not seem to be true for my daughter, who loves to page through her books, my books, any kind of paper she can get her hands on.

It’s cute, though also frustrating. I never know where I’ll find anything! Pens must be out of reach, too, because she wanders off with them. And everything else she can toddle off with.

And I get to spend the rest of the day with her and my husband. I hope he likes the non-book gift.

Okay, I got him one book this year, but it’s not the main gift, and I think he might like it… Maybe? Hopefully?

Surprise!

In my mailbox, I found Shade. This new YA novel by Jeri Smith Ready promises romance, ghosts, and mystery. Something in the world has changed, called The Shift, and anyone born after can see and hear ghosts. The main character, Aura, loses her boyfriend (in life, but she can still see and hear his purple spirit) and meets a new, living guy who comforts her. Sounds like quite a triangle.

I can’t wait to read it.

I was even more astonished to see it was signed to me in the front cover. Wow, what a lovely gift from a friend. Surprise gifts like this leave me a little speechless. I love giving gifts like that, but I never know what to say in return. “Thank you” doesn’t seem to cut it.

And it wasn’t for a specific holiday, like my birthday. It was just out of the blue.

I suppose now I should begin plotting how to surprise gift her back in such a spectacular way. Maybe I’ll send it onward to someone else. It would definitely be less expected. Perhaps both?

Gift-giving is so difficult to capture the essence of, sometimes. There’s definitely an art to it.

When was the last time you received a completely unexpected gift that made you smile? When was the last time you gave a gift that delighted the recipient?