Larry called me from work the other day.
"Hi, honey! Did a package arrive today?"
"A package? No," I said. I couldn't help thinking, What a romantic! He's already ordered me something for my birthday and he can't wait to find out what I think of it!
"Well, if it shows up, call me and I'll come home to get it. It's for this woman's farewell luncheon at work."
"Oh." What about my birthday, buddy? "I thought you were giving her that other thing that arrived yesterday."
"Yeah, we're giving her that one, too."
"So...did you get me anything?"
"You? Um, no...no, I didn't. I told you, this is a work thing."
"You mean you were online ordering all these presents for another woman and you never once thought, Gee, maybe I should order my wife a little something while I'm at it?"
Give Larry some credit - he can think on his feet.
"Of course I wanted to get you something, but I need to see what hers looks like first. What if it turns out to be some cheap-looking piece of junk that you're too good for?"
Smart answer, honey. You're right - nothing but a Kindle will do.