Saturday, December 28, 2013

I Gave my Love...a Colander?

My dear husband is not exactly the best gift-giver. So,weeks before Christmas, I usually start hinting to him about potential gift ideas for me. I'll say things like....

"Gee Hon, did you see the lovely earrings they have at the jewelry store in the mall."


"There are so many new books at Barnes and Noble that I'd just love to read."

But over the years, I have learned that this tactic is not an effective one.

I struggled for a long time trying to understand my husband's lack of ability to understand "hints". Was he just being stubborn? Were the items too expensive? Did he need to have his hearing checked?

It wasn't until my son, Weston was diagnosed with ADHD, that I finally learned how to understand Pete.

I am not a doctor but after listening intently to our pediatrician discuss the intricacies of this diagnosis and after researching every book and professional article ever written on the subject, I am now convinced that like my son Weston, my husband, Pete, also suffers from ADHD.

His lack of ability to understand hints and innuendo, his need for constant movement and activity, his love of video and computer games, his impatience, anxiety and impulsivity, all these symptoms now make perfect sense to me, thanks to my eldest son.

It wasn't until last Christmas that I received an official confirmation.

There under the Christmas tree was a large box wrapped with beautiful holiday paper. It was addressed to me. I was stunned, what could it be, I thought to myself? I was so happy that my husband had finally thought of me. He had actually put a lot of effort into wrapping the present, as gifts from my husband usually come in plain white envelopes or wrapped in plastic shopping bags.

Was it a music box, maybe a snow globe, a lovely figurine?

"Nope," my husband said. I would just have to wait.

Christmas morning finally arrived and I opened the present quickly, anxious to see what my unusually thoughtful husband had so carefully selected for me. I ripped off the paper, tore open the box and starred at my present in disbelief as there inside the box sat this....

an ordinary colander

I looked curiously at my husband. Was this a joke? Was my real present cleverly concealed underneath this kitchen utensil? No, nothing underneath....

My husband looked at me and smiled, quite pleased with his purchase, certain that I was going to love it. Now I must admit, it IS the most beautiful colander I have ever seen. It is shiny and metallic, almost too expensive-looking for draining pasta or washing lettuce. It actually sparkles under the light.

"I know you needed one," Pete said, "and this one just looked so pretty. When I saw it, I thought of you."

It was then that I realized how fortunate I truly am to have this wonderful man in my life.
He does not place value on material things. He does not try to impress others. He sees the beauty in things that may appear ordinary to others. But most importantly, he knows just what I need. Whether it is a long silent hug, some straight forward advice or just a single comment that breaks my tense mood and makes me laugh.
By embracing the beauty of this simple colander, he made me realize that he is the perfect father to our two children diagnosed with special needs for he truly sees what others cannot.

I realized that like this ordinary colander, I too am an ordinary Mom with an ordinary function. But to my husband I am not like this colander because it is ordinary, I am like this colander because I am an ordinary Mom who is also bright and shiny. To him, I sparkle, to Pete I am one-of-a-kind.

I use this colander a lot. And every time I do, I laugh out loud. I think it is hilarious how this shiny, beautiful, ordinary kitchen utensil that I use every day is what made my husband think of me.

Now while I do appreciate my one-of-a-kind colander, this year I have a new tactic for Christmas, I am just going to hand him a picture of this:

I hope this time, he gets the hint.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Lisa Peters writes about family life at Thank you all for reading and supporting us throughout the year.


  1. I love your colander and I think it's a perfect gift. Especially since I got one for my birthday this year. Merry Christmas!

  2. I also love your colander. Would you like to swap it for a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle! Yes, that is what my husband bought me!! :-)

  3. Canh chua cá lóc là món ăn từ lâu đã quen thuộc với người dân Việt Nam đặc biệt là ở vùng miền tây Nam Bộ, buổi trưa hè nắng nóng mà được ăn tô canh chua cá lóc, kèm với món cá lóc kho tộ thì mọi cảm giác mệt mỏi sẽ bay biến mất. Bep 247 sẽ hướng dẫn các bạn canh chua ca loc thơm ngon hơn để bữa ăn gia đình thêm phong phú, hấp dẫn và giúp các thành viên trong gia đình đánh bay cái nắng nóng, mệt mỏi ngày hè nhé. Và một hương vị chua cay thơm ngon không kém gì món canh chua cá lóc đấy là món lẩu thái. Vào những buổi liên hoan tụ tập bạn bè hay những ngày trời se lạnh thì lẩu chính là sự lựa chọn số 1 và tuyệt vời nhất phải không nào. Nhắc đến Lẩu chắc hẳn là món quen thuộc ai cũng đã từng thưởng thức, lẩu là món dễ ăn và được nhiều người yêu thích nhất là lẩu Thái.
    Lẩu thái mang một hương vị khác biệt không lẫn với bất kỳ món lẩu nào khác bởi vị nước lẩu chua chua cay cay, với hương thơm của riềng, xả nhúng kèm với các loại rau và hải sản tươi sống.
    cách nấu lẩu thái cũng không khó hay cầu kì và các chị em nội trợ nào cũng có thể nấu ngon, hãy xuống bếp để trổ tài với món lẩu thái hải sản nào.