After we had our first child, I decided to leave the work force and stay home with him. I had a little trouble adjusting to being home with a newborn. I loved spending time with my child, but I missed the social aspects of going to work each day, not to mention the paycheck. And now that I look back, I realize that I was probably having some hormonal, “baby blues” problems too. In an effort to cheer me up, my dear sweet husband gave me a diamond tennis bracelet for Christmas. A bracelet I’d always wanted, but one we could NOT afford. Without telling him I was going to do it, I returned the bracelet and replaced it with the cheapest thing the store had in stock - a plain gold wedding band. I then went to the bank and made a couple of mortgage payments with the refunded money. I was scared to death to tell Mike what I’d done, but it turns out he was pretty relieved. He said that he’d gotten a rather sick feeling the moment he’d walked out of that store with the bracelet. So, now, I wear the cheap wedding ring every day with pride. Merry Christmas, Mike. I love you!