The big day was coming, and I tirelessly searched for the right gift.
I searched the department stores.
I searched the hardware stores.
I searched the jewelry stores.
I searched the pop-up kiosks.
I searched the bookstores.
I searched the beauty stores and bath stores.
I looked in pet stores and farm co-ops.
I looked in recreational stores.
I looked in restaurants.
I scoured catalogs, and online specialty sites.
I looked in wine shops and craft beer stores.
And in the end,
I simply pulled out a pen and a sheet of paper.
I drew a heart, then ten.
I dipped my pen into the inkwell of my heart.
And the words of pure love ran across the page.