Once upon a time a girl named Sarah went out on a second date with a boy named Nicholas (a rare occurrence indeed). When the boy named Nicholas arrived at Sarah’s door, he delighted her by gifting her a book called Life of Pi. Sarah was tickled pink – surely this boy could see her for the intellectual being that she was! This one small exchange would leave an indelible print on Sarah’s heart and ultimately influence her decision to spend eternity with this boy.
The girl named Sarah liked the concept of the book better than the actual book that was chosen. She much preferred to keep it prominently displayed in her room and gaze upon it fondly. The idea of actually reading it though bored her greatly. It was a symbol of love, not a material item to be consumed and thrown away!
When two become one
In time the girl named Sarah married the boy named Nicholas and the book journeyed with them to their new home in Manila. Sarah had hoped that over time Nicholas would simply forget about the book (a common tendency she had noticed with him) and allow her to just treasure it for the symbol it was. Alas, this was not to be the case and Sarah grew increasing annoyed by Nick’s constant inquiries about when she’d read the book.
Sarah knew it was still a sensitive issue when on her birthday (upon thanking him for a gift), he replied, “I’m sure you’ll never actually use it, just like the Life of Pi book I gave you.” With a heavy sigh Sarah stood up and went to retrieve the book from her shelf. Looks like she would be spending 316 pages with a boy and a tiger in a boat after all. The things you do for love…
A pleasant surprise
Well, lo and behold, after begrudgingly starting the book, Sarah was delighted to find that the story was actual decent – in fact, it was down-right superb! Of course she could not let Nick know this because she already worried about the size of his ego. And so it was her fate to sneak off into the corner and devour the book in secret. And devour she did, in less than 2 days.
So folks, the moral of the story is that when your husband-to-be gives you a book on your second date you may as well just save yourself some emotional energy and read the damn thing straight away. I’ve heard it can be good for the trust level in a relationship…