The Charles Joseph Larkin

Family Memory

His son's wife Elizabeth teases, men may be slow, but they can learn
"Shopping" for our first Christmas Tree

By Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten, December 6, 2004

Brian and I were just married. I knew that my new husband did not like shopping very much (to say the least), but he said one December day "let's go buy a Christmas tree." In my naiveté, I equated "buy" with "shop." We get to the tree place and I see a tree that is very nice and say so. Of course, I start walking around looking at others, saying this one is neater; this one is fuller, this one is whatever. The snow is lightly falling and I am feeling so romantic. My new husband says "we found one we like, why are we walking around." I think I started to cry

Anyway, since then, my husband now of 27+ years always says, "That's a nice tree, but don't you want to look at others?"