Boxing Day walk 2012; Suffolk, England
Regardless, I was so excited for my Christmas trip to England to see Jon and his family. We had some abstract planning stuff to do, but the visit was primarily going to be a solid two weeks of not worrying about coordinating or organizing any details. We both knew that the important part of the holiday was just being together, so neither Jon nor I had really focused on Christmas gifts for each other at all because we'd spent so much time and energy dealing with wedding and visa things. At least, that's what I thought!
I never doubted that I'd love Jon's gift, no matter what it was, but I didn't expect him to be quite so organized as I'd been; I'm one of those Christmas shoppers who starts thinking about (and buying) presents for family and friends in October, which is a totally horrible concept for Jon. So I had no idea what was coming when, the sound of ripping wrapping paper filling the sitting room on Christmas Day, I was handed a huge box topped with the sweetest card from Jon.
Inside the box was the most beautiful pair of brown leather DUO boots - boots made exactly to fit me! Over the past few months, entirely without my knowledge, Jon had schemed with my mother to order those boots. The boy I got annoyed at for seeming to not care about details had meticulously and secretly gotten my ankle and calf measurements to create a pair of bespoke knee-high flat boots for me. He'd even chosen the shade based on what he knew I was missing from the colors of boots I already owned! They were absolutely gorgeous. The best part of the present, though, was being proven so absolutely wrong about Jon's planning capabilities. It turns out he was good at organization and coordination all by himself!
Who knew you could show love - real love, love that has nothing to do with material gifts but is all about effort and thought and care - through boots? DUO did, clearly, as did Jon. And now I know it too!
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|yes, I Instagrammed them! these are my wonderful DUO boots - thank you, Jon!|