In keeping with my tradition of following Jack Benny’s example, today I celebrate the 10th anniversary of my 39th birthday.
My wife is the best gift giver – hands down. She picks up on things that I say in passing and turns it into an amazing gift. She knows I love the Godfather and mafia related stuff. For Christmas, she found the Godfather Notebook, which is a simply amazing book compiled of some of the novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s notes, and some very cool pictures.
My dad and I were talking about how my grandpa used to use a cup and brush to lather up to shave one day. For our anniversary, she bought me this sweet shaving set with razor, cup, brush, and more. Truly a unique and wonderful gift!
She topped both of those for my birthday. I guess one day my dad and I were talking about vinyl records. I was talking about how I would sit in on the floor in our front room and listen to them. I was raised listening to vinyl records – and just a few blogs ago talked about them! As a kid, I had this red and white record player and played my records on it – if you’re old enough, you probably did too!
My wife has a hard time keeping secrets. She tried to give me hints: “It’s something you were talking to your dad about.” That could be anything from music to TV to movies…you name it!! “You were just talking about it.” Again, no help. I told her to stop trying to tell me or give me hints. I told her I would wait until my birthday and see what it was. She was obviously quite happy with whatever she was giving me and said, “It’s gonna be hard to beat this one…”
Over the weekend, my brother came up from Ohio for a visit. He wanted to visit my mother’s grave for Mother’s Day. I also had my sons for the weekend, so she decided that when I got home from work on Saturday, we were doing a small birthday celebration. She got a cake, ice cream, and I had to open my present.
No doubt, you know what it is based on what I have written. She had me open the album she got me first. A perfect choice –
A double album of Sinatra! I have to be honest, it had been so long since I held an album, I thought it was a picture or something. I mean, the cover art is beautiful and could easily be framed! Then, I opened the main present –
I’m not going to lie, I got emotional. What an amazingly thoughtful gift! I was speechless. My brother captured the moment in pictures, but the angle makes me look awful, so I am not posting those pictures! This machine is wonderful. It has speakers on the front, a headphone jack to listen privately, the capability of recording to a USB device, and RCA outputs to play through my DJ equipment, if I am so inclined.
As I pulled the album out of the sleeve, I could feel my hands shaking. I carefully put the album on the turntable and dropped the needle gently in the grooves……and there was Frank singing “One For My Baby”. Wow. The sounds of Sinatra on vinyl. Only those who appreciate the sounds of music on vinyl can relate to what I was experiencing. I probably could have sat in the corner with headphones on and spent the rest of the afternoon like that. What a surreal experience.
As I mentioned a bit ago, I had just blogged about missing record stores a few days ago. You can read that blog here:
She thought I was on to her when I posted that blog! What a coincidence, huh? What are the odds? She literally had purchased the record player a few days earlier!
This weekend, she has more plans for me. She let the cat out of the bag that we are celebrating my day throughout the weekend with more surprises. She did let me in on one stop – we are going to make a trip to the record store, so I can purchase a few albums to listen to on my birthday present.
Thank you, baby, for your wonderful gift! I love it and I love you more than I can say!! Thank you for making my birthday and my life so special!