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It's in!!! The fountain is FINALLY in it's place. Do you remember the story of the Buddha Fountain? No? Well, let me recap it for you. July 10th is Nick's birthday and for his birthday last year I bought him this Buddha fountain, something that he has/had admired for sometime and had said on numerous occaisions that he wanted it.
You have no idea how hard it is to find a gift for this man. One that he will get totally excited about, to the point that his voice goes up an octave and his hands do the clappy clap thing and then cover his mouth. It's that hard people, because usually he just goes out and buys things like that for himself. This I understand, because my economic standing in our house is substantially less than his and I unfortunately lack the buying power that he does. I get it. But last year I was employed at the Wireless company making nominally more money than I do now, plus, I was working weekends at the nursery too. Well, June is the month of the big sale and I saw my opportunity and took it. I bought the fountain and arranged for it to be delivered on his birthday so that it would be there when he got home.
Here's where I fell short...the place that the fountain was to be set up was no where near ready for it to be put there. The place was picked out, ideas were in the works, but the preperation had not begun. Little did I realize that that part was going to take this long. All the same, he was giddy and excited when he relized that the odd looking rectangular pieces of cement in our drive way was in fact the Buddha fountain.
A year later, to the day, I arranged for two of the boys from the nursery to come over and help me move it into place. I made sure that I had a pump and tubing, all things needed to make it work. We finished before Nick got home. Even though he knew what was going on, it was still nice to have it running and in place with out him seeing it happen.
Lesson learned: How to really milk the giving capacity of one gift and still get the reaction you were looking for. (Okay, so maybe the reaction was a little more restrained this time, BUT, there were two very cute straight boys standing there with us.)
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