Today is my wonderful wife’s birthday.
Despite the fact she looks ridiculously young [she once was mistaken for being my daughter. Sadly, that is not a joke] it’s a ‘big’ birthday for her.
There are many things I love about my wife, but this story explains one of the biggest reasons.
So I wanted to buy her something special. Something that really marked the occasion.
I decided it was going to be a piece of jewellery but then I was stuck with what to get her.
I’ve bought her earrings before.
I’ve bought her necklaces before.
She refuses to wear a watch.
In the end, I decided I’d like to buy her a ring – but because I didn’t want to stuff it up, I told her my plans and said I’d love her to come with me to choose something she’d really love.
When I told her, she looked at me and said,
“Errrrrm, would you be OK if I suggested something else?”
Of course I replied yes … not suspecting what would come out of her mouth next.
Now before I go on, I should explain how my wife loves Elvis.
Yes, THAT Elvis.
God, she adores him.
When I took her to Graceland for her 30th birthday, she cried when I told her what we were going to do … she cried when she got to the house and she cried when she was by his grave.
She loves him so much she even has his name tattoo’d on her.
She doesn’t have my name I should add, just his.
Anyway, I tell you this because she replied to my interest in hearing her idea with this.
“You know Kristen from Real Housewives of New York is an Elvis fan?”
Sadly, I do … so I nodded.
“… well she’s a huge Elvis fan too and she wears a TCB necklace and I would love that if that is OK with you”
I should explain what TCB is.
TCB stands for ‘Taking Care of Business’ and it was the name Elvis gave the musicians who formed the core of his band.
Along the way, he designed a TCB logo and had it made into gold and diamond jewellery that he gave each member.
Now Elvis was a very talented man. Sure, his movies sucked – but where music was concerned, he was a god. However being a good singer doesn’t mean you’re a good designer because the TCB logo looked like this.
I know … Microsoft Clipart is better isn’t it?
So what is a man who has no right to be married to such a wonderful woman, to do?
I’ll tell you what … find a way to make it happen.
So after some searching, I found out Elvis’ jeweller was still alive.
Yes, his actual jeweller … the one who made all the jewellery Elvis gave to his band.
Anyway, after some of the weirdest email exchanges I’ve ever had in my life, I was able to commission him to make a necklace for my dear wife using the exact mould and materials from the exact design that Elvis originally drew for him … which is why today, the birthday girl is walking around like she’s Pricilla at Graceland.
And she deserves it.
So to my darling Jill … happy, happy birthday, I am so happy you are mine and I hope you have a wonderful day.
And remember, this is only part 1 of the present, part 2 happens in a couple of weeks. In Italy.
Boy, I hope it makes you feel a little bad for only getting me a picture on my birthday.. Only joking, that was bloody amazing. Bugger.
Have a wonderful day my sweetheart.
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