Friday, November 19, 2010

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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Eleri Stone said...

Love the painting esp. That's a nice gift for a friend : )

Susanna Ives said...

Thanks Eleri! I'm reading the blogs throughout the day. I'm looking forward to your post!

Shirley Wells said...

What beautiful gifts. Your Viking has exceptionally good taste. :)

Liz Fichera said...

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

Kittie Howard said...

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.

Monti said...

What a great Viking gift collection! Jane Toombs calls her husband a Viking as well.

Thanks for sharing!


Joanna St. James said...

That painting is pretty and between him and Eric Northman I would say they give vikings a pretty good name

Donna Cummings said...

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!

Heather M. Gardner said...

What a great idea. The boxes tell a story and then hold your treasures too. Thanks for sharing your story!