>First Gifts


by Susanna Ives

I should preface that my husband is a Viking. The other day, I was watching a special on Vikings. It seems the first waves were the famed pillaging raider types, however many years later, the more peaceful merchant Vikings appeared and set up trade around the globe. My husband is of the merchant variety. Just last night he was recounting all the exotic places he had to visit in the coming months. He tells me a Viking is never happy unless he is somewhere else.

My husband and I were friends for many years before we admitted that we loved each other. We were still in the friends stage when he gave me the lovely silk painting in the center of the picture. I think it was on this trip that he flew over the international dateline and celebrated his birthday twice. Then he travelled again and came back with the gold box made in Kashmir. (Although he didn’t travel to Kashmir, so I’m puzzled as to where he picked it up.)

Later, we progressed into a romantic couple, and I received the large wooden box from Malaysia, then the shiny black box from Japan, followed by the tiny brown box from Indonesia. Then I told him that I didn’t need any more boxes and we switched to jewelry.

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Published by laura

I'm the author of two short story collections, a story cycle, and a collection of short memoirs. I am an educator, literary translator, journal editor, and writing coach.

9 thoughts on “>First Gifts

  1. >I laughed at your husband saying a Viking is never happy unless he is somewhere else. 🙂 And I think it was a good plan to start out with all the boxes, so now you have plenty of places to put the jewelry!

  2. >This is amazing…I have a collection of boxes, too. Hub's not a Viking but travels a lot…boxes from all over…there's just something magical about a pretty box.

  3. >What a sweetheart! Does he give thoughtful gift-buying lessons?! I love him and I don't even know him. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Susanna! Hugs to Hubs too. xo

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