Sunday, February 28, 2010

Little Pink Socks

It’s a small, simple thing, really.

Soft, pink footies, gentle to the touch, soothing to the feet after a long day.

We were in a store a few days ago, and David saw the aloe-infused socks. Taking a pair off the hook, he looked over at me. I’ve been working on some “self-improvement projects” lately and I think he wanted to either encourage me or maybe reward me. But after he felt how soft the socks were, he asked me which color I wanted. I selected the pink ones; he placed them in his shopping cart.

Like most folks, the economy has squeezed us tightly in the past couple of years. When we shop, we tend to focus on NEEDS rather than indulging in our WANTS. I didn't need the little pink socks, even though I knew they'd feel heavenly on my feet. But David NEEDED to give them to me -- a tangible way to "appreciate and reciprocate" in our relationship. This has always been our marriage motto -- to let each other know in many ways how much we value each other.

So the little pink socks have been waiting for me to slip them on. I’ve saved them until tonight to put them on. We were out of town a couple of days, and I just wanted to be back in my at-home routine. Somehow, that makes them a bit more special, a bit more of a treasure.

Like I said, it’s a small, simple gift. But the fact that he saw them, felt how soft they were, and wanted me to have a pair is a huge gift!

Little gifts, small gestures for no apparent reason, a smile at just the right time, a dance in the kitchen to a sweet favorite song, a word of encouragement, a bouquet of flowers, a simple prayer of thanksgiving – these are just a few ways we “appreciate and reciprocate” each other. It makes a world of difference on a hard day to be gently acknowledged in some small way.

Like receiving a pair of soft pink socks.

Think I’ll go put them on right now!

Blessings, y’all!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's the little things that make a difference!