My husband, Chris, isn't a very communicative person. While I am a total chatty Cathy, Chris is more quiet and reserved - even with me after 12 years of being together.
As his birthday approaches each year, I always ask him what he wants to do for his birthday. His response is usually the same: nothing. Having grown up in a home that was Jehovah's Witness, he did not start having "a birthday" until he was an adult. It took a long time before he finally understood why I thought it was such a big deal to celebrate birthdays each year!
Of course, once he began having birthday parties - yes, we throw birthday parties for ourselves just like we do for Angeline - having special dinners, receiving presents and the like, he began to like the whole birthday thing.
While he still doesn't usually want a big party, we always get together with the family or meet friends out at a bar for a little celebration.
And he always gets a present.
Some years I surprise him with something, like the year I bought him a Go Pro HD camera to mount on his bike when he rides Deal's Gap. I think it was new rims last year - I know it was something expensive. ha!
I hadn't even asked him what he wanted this year, because quite honestly, when he bought that hella expensive Agusta last year, he said it would be his gift for a while.
Chris had different ideas.
But, being the quiet guy that he is, he didn't actually TELL me what he wanted for his birthday.
That's one thing I love about this man: there's no beating around the bush.