It really IS the thought that counts.

Dear Abby:
What do you think it means when your husband sends you an e-mail link and this is what it is.

Kitchen Compost Crock

With this message:

Dear Christine,

I immediately thought of you when I saw this

– Mike

Now, do you suppose it was the compost (e.g., garbage) aspect that made him think of me or the “crock” part? Or maybe it’s that we’re shaped alike?
Puzzled in Pittsburgh

Too funny. His motives were totally sweet. He’s remembering my love of gardening and the fact that I’m currently using a plastic bin from the dollar store as my kitchen scrap holder.

Truth be told, I’m thrilled that he’s thinking of me and my interests. And I have to say, this brings to mind one occasion where I was told (by someone else): “I know you’ll love what I got you for Christmas.”

Immediately, my mind said, “Oh my God, he got me the rototiller I’ve been wanting!”

Seriously, this is what I thought.

Then he said, and I quote: “All chicks dig this.”

Then I knew, it wasn’t my dream gift. (Maybe if he had said, “All chicks dig WITH this…”) Turns out, it was a spa package — massage, facial, manicure, pedicure. It was lovely, of course, but certainly not a rototiller.

The fact that my husband knows me so well, knows that I’d love a kitchen compost crock (or anything else to do with gardening) above anything more conventional or “romantic,” thrills me to no end.

Thanks, sweetie. You’re the best!

You know when you have found your prince because you not only
have a smile on your face but in your heart as well. 
                                                ~ Author Unknown


  1. CUTEBLOG NAME said,

    Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:00 am

    I read this in the morning before my eyes started working well. When you said rototiller I thought you said rotweiller. That would have good at Christmas, “You said you wanted one!”

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:03 am

    PERFECT! Probably would come in the same size box and all too… Just a few air holes difference.

  3. Kevin said,

    Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    HOLY MOORSIDE ALASTAIR APPLETON!!! Why would anyone have a kitchen scap holder? What are you keeping kitchen garbage for? Kitchen scrap pot pie anyone?

  4. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, December 10, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Black gold, K! The gardener’s best friend — compost! (Except maybe in your pie I’ll put a few potato peels.)

  5. Kevin said,

    Monday, December 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    Black gold, Texas tea…well the next thing you know ole Chrissy’s up to her knees in some smelly old compost waiting for some grow up big and shelter her from getting any sun on her head…compost she says, black gold….the gardener’s best friend….kitchen scrap pie with some worms on the side!

  6. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, December 10, 2007 at 11:21 am

    worms on the side — nice touch! I’ve always wanted a worm composter (Kathleen and I often speak of it). Red wigglers are the best!

  7. pawsinsd said,

    Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Great writing! You were listed on my blog,

    I’d prefer the Rottweiler to the rototiller.

    Keep the worms! Dee

  8. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, June 23, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Thanks, Dee! I checked out your blog too…and will keep checking often — it’s great. Still hope to get the worm composter but have only managed to throw a few worms in the regular compost bin and hope they live happily ever after!

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