“…and worth far more than diamonds.” (Proverbs 31:10, The Message)
No, we’re not interrupting regular programming for discussing passages from the Bible. I’ve just been thinking about that passage as I appear to have one of those. A good woman, that is. In fact, King Solomon goes on to say, “She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.” (Proverbs 31:13, The Message) That’s my wife exactly.
Confused? Allow me to elaborate:
For my birthday last year the wife gave me a ukulele. It’s just an entry-level model, but I’ve been having great fun learning to play it. (No, I’m not starting my own Youtube channel just yet 😉 ). I wanted to take it along on holiday, and I asked her if she’d make me a bag for it. We headed to the fabric shop for some canvas and she got to work. Here’s how it turned out:
It has foam padding and everything. It’s perhaps a bit bigger on the inside than it needs to be, but considering the wife made it without even a pattern I think it turned out quite well.
And notice the TARDIS-blue lining? We had miles of the stuff lying around. On questioning the wife all I got was mysterious smiles. The mystery was finally revealed on Christmas morning when I opened my present and found this:
She’d made me a TARDIS! Well, a TARDIS bag. It’s not bigger on the inside (though that feature would be wickedly handy in a bag, don’t you think?) and it’s absolutely useless for time travel (unless I carry my watch around in it), but I still think it’s very cool. In fact, I now wish we had Sci-Fi and Fantasy cons in South Africa (we don’t), so I can show it off – no one who has seen it thus far has the slightest idea as to its significance. I suppose I’ll just have to take the wife to Cardiff so we can visit the Doctor Who Experience…
They say it’s the little things that makes life truly special, and the wife applied that principle as well by adding a few embellishments to the bag:
There’s a bow-tie for the eleventh Doctor (let’s just stick with the pre-war-Doctor numbering, okay?), an angel (no explanation necessary), and my name in Circular Gallifreyan (that’s apparently a thing).
The gift tag also had my name in Gallifreyan (in reverse and upside down…you can tell, can’t you?). My niece thought it was a sweet (she’s four…plenty of time yet to educate her about the wonder of Time Lords). I thought it was the epitome of cool. No one else got it.
So, yeah, I reckon I have a pretty awesome wife. What’s even more awesome is that she enjoys Doctor Who as much as me – it’s fun to have someone who doesn’t stare at you when you geek out but rather joins in instead?
How about you? Did you get anything in your stocking that knocked your socks off? Are you so lucky to have a significant other who shares your more odd passions in life? What are your odd passions in life? Let me know in the comments.