Princess Gail’s Anniversary Present

Princess Gail first caught my eye 7 years ago because of the sultry way she moves. She oozes a natural confidence and sexiness that both men and women notice. She has her own unique “Gail style” and always looks beautiful, dressed just right for the occasion. But I gave her a second, third and infinity looks for other reasons. She is a realist. No games, no bullshit, either dished out or tolerated. She’s practical. She’s independent. And for 18 years she had been an indescribably amazing single mother to a very difficult autistic child. Because of that, she had been ostracized by many people, including family, who could not tolerate his presence. So she had learned to do for herself. I love it that Gail can fix cars, paint, do drywall, finish furniture, work power tools, etc, etc etc. There’s nothing she can’t figure out. And, she likes to ride bikes and to golf! I found all of that, and so much more, very appealing. And she somehow acquired a taste for me. So we had Elvis marry us in Las Vegas 4 years ago March 10.

So what do you get your special Princess for an anniversary present? It had to be suitably romantic, right? I knew just the perfect thing! See, I had been listening to her babblings. I had been watching her every crazy move. I observed with interest as she gathered materials for her never ending projects. I just knew she needed a new drill!

Now hear me out. She had purchased her old drill 10 years ago, on clearance at Meijer’s for $20 (“Originally $80,” I’ve heard her say more than once.) It’s a big old clunky thing and the battery doesn’t hold a charge for more than a few minutes. She has two or three partial drill bit sets that she probably got at garage sales. So I knew she needed one. Further, if she were to buy a replacement, it would be another inexpensive generic model that she waited months for to go on sale. But that’s not how I roll. When I get her stuff, I get the Cadillac. So I figured I’d get a Cadillac drill, a small and sexy DeWalt 12 volt hand drill:

I just knew she would like the new quick mount for 1/4 inch bits, and the 3 LED lights that illuminate the target, and the small size to fit her small hand. And I wanted her to have a brand new drill bit set, along with Phillips and flat-head screw bits of all sizes. I could just picture her high-pitched squeal of delight as she ripped open the box! So I gave it to her tonight.

Guess what? I was totally right! Ha! She flat out loved it! I told her she wasn’t allowed to ask how much it cost and that she wasn’t allowed to take it back for another (less expensive) model. She couldn’t stop saying thank you, and I could tell she was being sincere. How can I tell, you ask? I am just a man after all. Well, she said something about getting drilled tonight! 🙂


22 thoughts on “Princess Gail’s Anniversary Present”

  1. Congratulations! This present is WINNING. And the reaction is… eh… WINNING too. 😉

    Your lady sounds really awesome. Any woman that can wield a power tool has my utmost respect and admiration. I bet she can assemble bookshelves on her own. That’s why I feel I have no business calling myself a feminist in all seriousness.

    1. Ha! Funny you said that! Just last week I drove into the garage to find a new heavy duty shelf unit that she had purchased and installed. She said it took her all afternoon, but she did it!
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Princess Gail is my kind of gal. Growing up without a dad, we learned how to fix things ourselves. Things every girl should know how to do. She is awesome!

    On the flip side, I made sure our sons knew how to cook, clean, wash, iron and decorate a Christmas tree. It has served them well.

    Congratulations to both of you on your fourth anniversary. Here’s to many more years.

    1. And you know what, she is artsy, too. She doesn’t work on her art at all, though. I should show her your stuff and maybe it will give her a kick-start!

      It sounds like your sons are well rounded young men. You must be very proud! 🙂

  3. Well I think you are both special. Just my two cents. Happy Anniversary.

    Zane and I wanted to thank you for the bottle of wine and the chocolate upon our arrival in our stateroom. That was such a nice surprise. I’ll post about it soon. Just way too tired to do much right now.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. 🙂

  4. That is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen you write! And with all your loving comments, tributes, and the fabulous red dress pic with Elvis, your words paint a wonderful picture of your strong, capable princess, who surely needed a prince like you!

    Congratulations on your anniversary, and many more… : )

  5. LOL! My dad once got my mom an electric screw driver for Xmas. (Jewelry was her big gift, he knew that much for sure)… Mom loved it and the joke was she “screwed everything in the house” after. Your wife sounds awesome. And the fact that Elvis married you?! That is my kind of wedding!

    1. It was a really fun wedding! Elvis sang 4 songs during the ceremony, and he said all the things a minister would normally say, only in Elvis style. My kids were there, and my parents and brothers. We had a great few days together! 🙂

  6. ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary Dear Ferd and Princess Gail, ♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you.♪♪

  7. ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary Dear Ferd and Princess Gail, ♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you.♪♪

  8. What a great story! And I love the present! Yes, taking care of a child on the autism spectrum is incredibly hard. People do avoid you, make all sorts of value judgments –boy, it isn’t easy. I’ve been there! So hats off to both of you –she for being steadfast, you for realizing a good woman when you found her!
    Oh…I have 2 updates to send to you from David.

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