Sunday, May 13, 2007

mother's day

**Now with more spice! Edited below to add a little bow chicka bow bow...

Swee'pea is napping. Sugar Daddy just came downstairs, and, when I asked whether he was going to nap as planned, struck a Superman pose, and said, "I don't feel like a nap; I thought I would go into the backyard and, I don't know, garden." And away his cape took him to the back of the house.

I am usually the only person in the house who does any yardwork, and I'm not very good at it and generally do the bare minimum (who am I kidding? That's my approach to every facet of my life...).

But yesterday, Sugar Daddy let the cat out of the bag about his plans for my mother's day gift. Which was fine, because I loved it so much, it totally made my day.

He's giving me 40 hours of his time to work in the garden over the summer. A few things have since come out since he first made his announcement.

1) He's been planning this for a while. He did mention a while back that he'd like to help out in the yard more, but then he went mum, apparently figuring that if he was going to do it anyway, he'd better stay quiet to get the double usage as a gift. (He also said that he thought making it a gift would make it more likely that he would actually follow through.)

2) He thought he would have a say in exactly what work he engaged in. (Ha!) And he thought that mowing the lawn would be one task that could be included. (WRONG.) I plan to use his muscles strategically, for heavy lifting like moving our ugly shed and perhaps even laying some new patio stones where the ugly ones were laid on uneven ground with nothing to prevent the weeds from coming up between the stones.

3) He's not sure he can fulfill the additional clause I insisted on putting in the Mother's Day Contract that he do this work on his own initiative without any reminders or nagging from me. Oh well. You win some you lose some.

4) He was worried that it was a lame gift, but in fact I LOVED it. I couldn't have thought of it myself and it's perfect. Yesterday we agreed on the jobs that would be good for him to do, and now we're both excited that perhaps by the end of the summer we will have a backyard that we can enjoy as a family.

To infinity. And BEYOND...

*************

(We also had a bit of a date last night and watched Little Miss Sunshine and drank wine and ate Rolos ice cream while Swee'pea slept, then I got to sleep in this morning before we went to our local greasy spoon for breakfast. And now he's out there in the garden delivering on our contract. Life is good.)

***************
New Addition:

Note: Henceforward, Sugar Daddy wishes to be known simply as Sugar D. “The Daddy was just gettin' between me and my fans,” he explained.

Earlier in Swee'pea's nap.

Scene: Cinnamon gurl is blogging, and Swee'pea has just been put down, asleep, in his crib. She feels hands on her shoulders, and they begin to work rhythmically at the tight knots and tense muscles. She leans her head back and meets Sugar D's eyes.

Sin: To what do I owe this pleasure?

Sugar D [coyly]: Oh, I don't know...

Sin: Are you trying to tell me nicely that you want the computer?

Sugar D: No. I want YOU.

Sin: Oh. Ok!

Cinnamon gurl immediately abandons blogging, nearly pulling a muscle so eagerly does she jump away from the computer. The blinds go down, curtains are drawn together, music is cued.

Passionate embrace follows. The two break apart, slightly breathless, and gaze into one another's eyes.

Sugar D: Um, you just have something between your teeth; it's just... it's a little distracting. [flustered] Er... Sorry... It's not that big a deal... just...

Awkward scene unfolds. Finally, Cinnamon gurl overcomes her mortification.

Sugar D [trying to look all sexy]: Now where were we?

Sin: Oh, I think you have some ground to make up.

[Fade to black.] Some time later, Cinnamon gurl resumes blogging.

17 comments:

Bon said...

dude. he sounds lovely.

don't suppose he'd like to vacation at my house, which is overrun with weeds even before the weather gets decent?

happy Mother's Day, Sin.

Mad Hatter said...

I asked Mr Hatter do help rake a few leaves from last fall yesterday and he replied that he couldn't possibly exert himself the day before the marathon. Now I know what to demand for Mother's Day in addition to the massage and pedicure gift certificate that was waiting for me on coffee maker this morning.

bubandpie said...

I'm getting such good ideas for next year... This one's a gem.

slouching mom said...

i like it.

(she says, while reclining on the couch reading blogs as the hubs washes windows.)

Christine said...

Life is good! My honey gave me a similar gift--he actually moved forward with plans to build a deck this summer. He drew plans and everything. Woo hoo! Happy mother's day.

Suz said...

Wine and Rolos! I can't possibly think of a better combination.

I love the fact that your husband gave you this gift of his time!

Beck said...

My husband painted the porch today. And he gave me an MP3 player. He is so getting lucky tonight....

Aliki2006 said...

What a GREAT gift! And I love the anecdote--I really do.

jen said...

oh, wow. a gardener and a lover. Sugar D, indeed.

Denguy said...

Oh, my prudish ears, er, eyes!

Wonderful gardening mothers day gift, I bought my wife two plants for our garden that were hand-selected by my kids.

Did you like Little Miss Sunshine, I thought it was pretty good.

kgirl said...

excellent mother's day gift! just keep telling him that manual labour turns you on. that garden will be finished in no time!

cinnamon gurl said...

Den, yes I did like Little Miss Sunshine. It had a lot of stuff to think about in it, and Sugar D and I continued to come back to it in our conversations the next day. I think I'm still digesting...

Matthew M. F. Miller said...

Bow chicka bow bow is by far the best gift for mother's day.

I mean, from a husband to wife, that is.

Sounds like you had a lovely day, and have fun with those 40 hours.

Mad Hatter said...

Getting between him and his fans, indeed!!!

I love the expression "little ground to make up" in the context of the rest of the post.

NotSoSage said...

Smoooooth, Sugar D.

Awesome. My Mother's Day involved similar themes: gardening and bow chicka bow bow...only we didn't end up buying any plants.

Kyla said...

We had a bit of bow chicka bow bow during naptime as well...without the food stuck in the teeth. *lol* Lucky it happened at naptime, because we were both way too exhausted after the ER trip to do anything but fall into bed.

nomotherearth said...

Wow! That was a great present(s)! Not lame whatsoever!!