Saturday, May 7, 2011
I want to tell you about my cheap, but accomodating, husband
Still not really believing he could actually spend the money he must have gone to the mall by himself and looked in other stores because on Friday he comes to me suggesting we go to the mall to look at knives. The pretense here is that he wants to make sure, not just sure - doubly sure, that he gets the right one for me. I agree and we go. He is, after all, my cheap but ACCOMMODATING husband.
At the mall he guides me to Sears, the knife section. Once there he sweeps his arms out like Vanna White offering a new blank puzzle to the audience, and says, "The best one here is $99.99 and it is on sale for $79.99. And you get 25 pieces and it comes with its own wooden knife holder! How cool is that?" I did say he was my CHEAP but accommodating husband, right?
I was not impressed by this glut of knives all in one wooden holder. I wanted just one nice cook's knife, not a who 25 of them. So I guided him once again to Williams Sonoma. We talked to the wonderful lady about knives and she gave us a lot of information about the knives they sold. She took out 8 of the various Western cook knives. I held all of them and found two I particularly like the heft of. She then took out a few Eastern cook knives we replayed the process. I settled on two of the Western style knives. The Eastern ones were nice but I preferred the weight of the Western style knives.
Frank was beginning to pull at his collar. After about 15 more minutes of this, he began to look like he was going into anaphylactic shock.
In my wanderings, I did notice some interesting items. Strawberry corers - $19.99. Star Wars cookie cutters - $48.99. Linen napkins - $24 each. Banana cutters - $27.99. Some sort of grill pan that was too heavy for me to lift - $499.50. Gold baking pans - $200 and up.
I never really thought there was much difference between the rich and myself, but I have since changed my mind. The rich have much better stuff. But I was going to have one of their knives, and I was going to savor that moment.
It was taking my cheap but accommodating husband a very long time to pay for these items for me for Mother's Day, so I wandered back toward him and the sales lady. He had completed his transaction and he was now discussing the price of the honer. It was as expensive as the knife and he was not sure it was worth it. He is, after all, my CHEAP but accommodating husband.
I suggested he exchange that one for the cheaper one of a different line if he was concerned about the price. I also said if he didn't want to spend that much money on me for Mother's Day he could return the entire purchase and we would go to Sears.
We walked out of the store with my little bit of rich people's stuff in a nice large Williams Sonoma bag that he carried on his arm all the way to his 10 year old Honda. We stopped for gas at Sam's Club on the way home.
After all, he is my cheap, but ACCOMMODATING husband. And I did in fact, birth his daughter.