One of my love is languages is the expressing affection through giving and receiving gifts, mainly surprises. For me, a surprise isn’t always something shiny in a box. It could be a picnic on the beach, a trip to the museum or an art fair, even a homemade card. How I see a surprise is, someone took the time to think about and sacrifice or applied their time and resources just for me. I get giddy and excited; an overwhelming sense of happiness flows through me with each surprise, and I feel cherished.
In April 2015, my family was invited to attend a ball for the deactivation of my brother Shawn’s unit of the 4th BCT. Shawn died nine years ago in Iraq while serving in the army. It was at this event I had mention to my husband I was ready to start getting some of Shawn’s things out. When we got back from home, our hectic work, school, and sport schedule took over and I forgot all about getting into the storage where I had put away his uniform, all of his coins and medals to bring them out.
This summer I received a gift in a shiny box, but the meaning behind the gift itself meant so much more to me than words could express. My wonderful and amazing husband remembered my words at the ball, and surprised me with a shadow box of Shawn’s medals, coins, and uniform. He took the time to dig through storage, order the shadow box, and contact my brother’s fellow soldiers to make sure the pins and tassels were in the correct places. He even asked his boss if he could use the company’s machines to design and cut the board at the bottom, giving each coin their own secured spot.
When my husband presented a large heavy wrapped box, I didn’t know what to think. Even after I opened it, I was stunned as the tears followed down my cheeks. The only words I could say was, I love you too. In that moment, he let his actions speak of his love for me, and I knew he loved me more than anything. Sometimes a surprise can express more love than words can say.
About The Author
Electra Gajdos is from Winnemucca, Nevada and currently lives in West Michigan. She is a wife and the mother of two beautiful genius children. (Maybe not true geniuses, but a mother is always partial to her kids.)
She won’t bore you with her childhood love of all things sci-fi and the game of chess. But she will let you know she once called the police to save a man from jumping off a three-story building. What she didn’t know was the man was a mannequin and part of an advertisement. No lie! Thankfully, it gave the police officers a good laugh for the night. This is just one her many good deeds gone wonky, and she looks forward to sharing more of them with you.
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