Due to some scheduling conflicts, we were not able to celebrate Ellie’s birthday on the actual day. As a loving husband, I suggested that we designate another day as Ellie’s Day, a day to be focused entirely on Ellie.
“What would you like me to buy you for your special day?” I asked my wife. “How about something really nice? I want you to treat yourself.”
“Well I was thinking that Little Buddy would really like a toy sandbox, and I would just love to see him play in one.” That seemed like a good idea to me. Ellie picked out a turtle-shaped sandbox from Walmart and had it delivered just in time for Ellie’s Day.
To start the day off, I insisted that she sleep in and I get up with Little Buddy, who is a very early riser. As I crawled out of bed, I whispered “Is there anything I can make you for breakfast?”
“There are two of my favorite jalapeño cheddar sausage patties left in the fridge that would be delicious,” she responded.
As I was cooking breakfast, I told Little Buddy that we were letting Mommy sleep in and that she would wake up to the sweet fragrance of sausage cooking in the fry pan.
“Is something burning?” Ellie wrinkled her nose as she stuck her head out of the bedroom.
“No, everything is going great” I stated as I fanned the billowing smoke away from the smoke detector.
“Fire, Mama!” exclaimed Little Buddy, as he pointed to the pan.
“One of my greatest desires for Ellie’s Day is that you don’t burn the house down,” Ellie explained gently. “Maybe you should just microwave some oatmeal.”
After breakfast, we loaded up the minivan and went to visit the historic Carter House in Franklin, Tennessee. This has been on Ellie’s to do list ever since we moved to Nashville. She enjoyed it so much that she already wrote a blog post about it. Unfortunately the weather was a little rough (approximately 37 degrees Fahrenheit with freezing winds). But thankfully only half of the two-hour tour was outdoors.
On our way home, I decided to really treat Ellie and let her do some birthday shopping. She chose Kohl’s. As we walked in, I handed her a $100 dollar bill and told her that she was required to spend it. Unfortunately she couldn’t find anything that she liked, but there was a nice leather jacket on clearance that was perfectly my size. It was usually $180 but was on sale for 50% off, putting it right at $90.
“That still leaves $10 to spend on a pair of socks for myself!” remarked a happy Ellie
“Well this is Ellie’s Day,” I exclaimed. “So go for it!”
We also stopped at one of Ellie’s favorite places in the world, Costco. She loves the good deals and free samples. I took her straight to a beautiful display of organic goat cheese and gluten-free crackers.
“This looks delicious!” exclaimed Ellie. “Can I try a sample, please?
“Sorry, no free samples due to COVID,” the clerk replied.
“Oh well,” I consoled Ellie, “It’s been such a good day for you already, and of course nothing is perfect.
“You are right about that,” replied Ellie. “Nothing is perfect.”
We each took a cart and decided to meet at the cash register in 30 minutes. Ellie came back with food, tissues, and paper towels. I had also picked up a few essentials.
“Why is your cart filled with new power tools and a pellet grill?” asked Ellie.
“I thought since it was Ellie’s Day we could celebrate!” I exclaimed.
“We are not buying any of that,” Ellie informed the clerk at the checkout line.
Next we stopped at the Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery to get Ellie a delicious pastry. Unfortunately, the Vegan Vee had new hours that they hadn’t yet updated on their website, and they were closed. I have to say, that put a bit of a damper on an otherwise perfect Ellie’s Day.
But thankfully there was a grocery store down the street, and we were able to buy her a loaf of plain gluten-free bread. And it turned out that my favorite donut shop was just down the street, so Little Buddy and I ate donuts while Ellie enjoyed a plain slice of bread.
“This has really been a special Ellie’s Day,” I said.
“Yes it has,” she responded. “Very special.”