I'm not really a grand gesture type of person. What I mean is that I don't expect grand gestures from my family or friends and specifically my husband to honor certain significant events. In all honesty, receiving a card is usually adequate. Rarely, is that all I end up with but I think my husband would agree that I'm pretty easy to please in the "gift" arena for birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries.
So, yesterday driving back from Phoenix I made the comment to my husband that this would be the first Easter in my entire life that I wouldn't be getting an Easter basket. You see my parents have always given us, even as adults, an Easter basket. That is until my parents moved out of state a few months ago and the first round of holidays and birthdays celebrated without them is beginning to circulate. I said this to my husband, not because I was really that disappointed or bothered by it or that I expected anything from him-I'm a 31 year old woman after all--, but more as a statement of fact; an observation and an acknowledgment of a tradition ending or possibly just interrupted. Topic changed and I didn't think anymore about it.
Today I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of flowers and an Easter basket with a few goodies. Aside from being incredibly grateful I was shocked. This from the man who practically forgot my 30th birthday. Don't get me wrong, my husband is a thoughtful and generous guy, but this was touching because I didn't even have to hint deliberately. It was something that caught me completely off-guard because I wasn't at all expecting it or even hoping for it. He simply said, "I didn't want you to have to have an Easter without an Easter basket."
I guess it's gestures like these, seemingly little but incredibly thoughtful, that I appreciate the most.