At the beginning of our relationship we bought each other presents. My first gift from him for my birthday was tires; the second was a tune up for my car. Several years later nothing has changed - this year, for Christmas, I got a new dishwasher.
People expect me to be offended as above mentioned items are on most peoples "This Is Not A Gift!" list.
Not me though - I love getting stuff like that.
I'll take a blender over a bouquet of roses any day .
But the gifts, or the husband, are not the problem.
The problem is the standard I am setting for my boys. They think everyone is like I am. They are in for a big awakening.
A woman I know didn't speak to her husband for two weeks when she didn't get a card for Valentine's Day. Harsh.
I hope you are not in the dog house too many times before you learn.
They did ask me what I would like for mothers day and I said, "I'd like everyone to help me wash the windows tomorrow."
Forecast says heavy rains and, darn it, I knew I shouldn't have specified "tomorrow"!