My husband’s surprise gift

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming – a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

lavallier-pendant

That’s not the surprise gift yet, well almost..

Butch and I promised not to give each other expensive Christmas presents because of the planned holiday trip to Singapore. We told each other “Let’s just shop there”. As most of you know, that did not happen. I still gave him a token gift, you know something to open, having that element of surprise and wonder during Christmas day. He had none to give me that day. I know him to be a generous person and I just shrugged it off. Maybe he didn’t have time to shop at the last minute, having to deal with my surgery and taking care of me. While recuperating in the hospital, I only thought of “what could have been..” if we were all together during the holidays. My husband often assured me there will be more family vacations so to “just get well”. I kept my optimism high, letting only positivity reign my life and focused on my recovery.


At 11:00 AM today, as I was doing my usual boring routine on my hospital bed, my daughter, Marielle suddenly showed up in my hospital room. What a sweet surprise as we hugged each other. It has been over two months since we last saw each other so it was wonderful to be together again even for just two days. I had teared when she left two months ago thinking I’d see her many months after. I was overwhelmed with joy.

With a little red box in her hand, she handed her gift to me and excitedly told me to unwrap it. On the little red box laid a quaint hand-made pendant in porcelain, designed by an artist in Melbourne where she works. Beautiful but even more beautiful was my daughter’s surprise visit.

There she was, my lovely daughter’s physical presence, the surprise gift from my husband. Totally unexpected. The surprise reminds me of the late great Fr. Hora­cio de la Costa homily on a Mid­night Mass many years ago, called The Festival of Surprise which was shared to me by Jay Jaboneta. It is a good read which reminds us the true essence of giving and receiving gifts.

CHRISTMAS is when we cel­e­brate the unex­pected; it is the fes­ti­val of surprise.

This is the night when shep­herds wake to the song of angels; when the earth has a star for a satel­lite; when wisemen go on a fool’s errand, bring­ing gifts to a Prince they have not seen, in a coun­try they do not know.

This is the night when one small don­key, bears on its back, the weight of the world’s desire, and an ox plays host to the Lord of heaven. This is the night when we are told to seek our king, not in a palace, but in a stable.

Although we have stood here, year after year, as our fathers before us, the won­der has not faded; nor will it ever fade; the won­der of that moment when we push open that lit­tle door, and enter, and enter­ing find, a mother who is vir­gin, and a baby who is God.

Chester­ton has said it for us all: the only way to view Christ­mas prop­erly is to stand on one’s head. Was there ever a home more topsy-turvy than Christ­mas, the cave where Christ was born? For here, sud­denly, in the very heart of earth, is heaven; down is up, and up is down; the angels look down on the God who made them, and God looks up to the things he made.

There is no room in an Inn for Him who made room and to spare, for the Milky Way, and where God is home­less, all men are at home.

We were promised a sav­ior, but we never dreamed God Him­self would come and save us. We know that He loved us, but we never dared to think that he loved us so much as to become one of us.

But that is the way God gives. His gifts are never quite what we expect, but always some­thing bet­ter than we hoped for. We can only dream of things too good to be true; God has a habit of giv­ing things too true to be false. That is why our faith is a faith of the unex­pected, a reli­gion of surprise.

Now, more than ever, liv­ing in times so trou­bled, fac­ing a future so uncer­tain, we need such faith. We need it for our­selves, and we need to give it to others.

We must remind the world that if Christ­mas comes in the depths of win­ter, it is that there may be an Easter in the spring.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

The comments posted on my blog are moderated. I reserve the right to remove comments, words or phrases that are defamatory, abusive, incite hatred and advertise an email address or commercial services or just plain spammy. I also reserve the right to remove posts that to my opinion are off-topic, irrelevant, ad-hominem, personal attacks and or just plain rude.
  • http://www.mymomfriday.com/ Mom-Friday

    this is so wonderful of your husband! i’m sure your family had a truly memorable and meaningful Christmas 🙂 thanks for sharing this homily!

    • Anonymous

      The homily is so meaningful.

    • Anonymous

      The homily is so meaningful.

  • http://www.mymomfriday.com/ Mom-Friday

    this is so wonderful of your husband! i’m sure your family had a truly memorable and meaningful Christmas 🙂 thanks for sharing this homily!

  • http://everydaysweetnotes.com Smar

    awwwww this is the best gift your husband gave you 🙂 awwwwww! merry christmas!

    • Anonymous

      He rarely gives me surprise presents. so that was the surprise too.

    • Anonymous

      He rarely gives me surprise presents. so that was the surprise too.

  • Makemy Giftz

    This is very informative article. I am waiting for your another update.

    Thanks,
    MakeMyGiftz