For yesterday’s act of love, I slipped a $5 coffee card into your purse (see #38 at this link). Actually, I meant to slip it in last night, but forgot. So I did it this morning. I bought this card a while ago and kept it around in case a day came when I didn’t know what to do for my act of love. Yesterday was just such a day. Perhaps it would be wise for me to build up a store of little gifts and such in case similar days come.
When you find your coffee card, I know exactly what you’ll use it for: a dark chocolate mocha from our favorite local coffee house. This is your current favorite coffee; but really, you like a bunch of different kinds, all of them sugary. There is one, though, that you don’t like (rather, that you don’t prefer)–the homemade kind. So when you say you need coffee, you really mean that you want an overpriced cup of sugary delight. Here’s how the conversation typically goes: “I could really use some coffee.” “Oh, yeah? Here, I’ll make us some.” “Actually . . . I’d rather have a ________” (where ‘________’ can be filled in with any of various kinds of overpriced cups of sugary delight). Don’t get me wrong–I’m not complaining. I want you to buy those coffees for yourself (at least occasionally), which is why I gave you the card.
On a related note, I need to be careful about the money I spend on these acts of love. We’re on a strict budget, one that we worked out and agreed upon together. Yet, I’ve spent money on some of the acts of love that wasn’t in our budget (see here, for example). I shouldn’t do that. Although we both like it when I spend money on you, neither of us would like to go into debt. On top of that, it’s not loving of me to spend money that we don’t have, even if it’s on you. In light of this, I hereby commit to never spend money that we don’t have on any act of love. This makes my work here at 365 Acts of Love a little more difficult, but it’s necessary for our financial well-being. In the future, I’ll try to work money into our budget that’s designated for spending on you.