Sunday, January 4, 2009

Scibble soup for writers' block #46: the art of gift giving

For my 25th birthday Boyfriend presented me with a non-stick frying pan.
"Happy birthday! Look what I got you," Boyfriend exclaims, waving the unwrapped pan around. "It was on sale," he adds, oblivious to my 'I can't believe you got me a frying pan for my birthday' look.
"Uh...thanks," I say packing the pan away.
"Don't put it away yet, we can use it tonight."
"You mean, I can use it tonight to cook you something." My sarcasm falls on deaf ears.
"Yeah, I got some salmon steaks to celebrate."
I picture a big fat dent in the shape of a frying pan on Boyfriend's head. I pack the pan away, just in case I give in to the temptation to use Boyfriend's head as batting practice. I count to 10 slowly, before saying, "It's my birthday, why don't you cook me something instead."
Boyfriend finally realises that I'm not as enamoured with the non-stick frying pan as he is, "It's a fantastic pan. You never have to scrub ever again!"
I give him 'the look'.
"Okay, I'll take you out to dinner instead," he grumbles.

A few months later for his 26th birthday I inform Boyfriend that his present was a pair of binoculars.
"Where is it?" he asks.
"I haven't bought it yet."
"I've been busy."
"But you work only a few doors down from the store."
"Okay, you'll get them next week," I promise.
Months passed. Boyfriend waited.
"Guess what!" Boyfriend shouts from the doorway one afternoon.
"What?" I reply.
"Happy birthday to me," Boyfriend sings, entering the room with a pair of binoculars hanging from his neck.
I giggle guiltily. I had forgotten about his birthday present.

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Giggles said...

This is a fun post... I hope it's not true...but it probably is!! Well written....loved the ending!

Hugs Giggles

Robert V. Sobczak said...

A really fun read, and you know just how to end it without ever being heavy handed. I'm not sure whether its true or not, but it doesn't matter. That's just good story telling.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. Awesome.

The odd thing is, my girlfriend would be ecstatic to receive a new non-stick pan, but I DON'T get stuff like that for her birthday because I don't believe in practical birthday gifts.

I particularly liked the detail about the fantasy of the Boyfriend-shaped dent in the frying pan.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I'm excited for you next installment. BTW, my wife just bought a new frying pan because it had worn out. It's one of our main cooking tools, and are a bit eager to break in the new one (it has to get properly seasoned which takes a few days of cooking).