Would You Want to Know?

Have you seen the commercial for Overstock.com where the woman squeals excitedly about her engagement ring and the guy says he saved thousands of dollars buying it at Overstock.com? If not, take a look:

I would like to know how many women out there would be as thrilled as the lady in the commercial to learn that her husband-to-be was cheap frugal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving thousands of dollars. But I submit that there are times when a husband, or husband-to-be, should not confess how much he spent on his wife. For example, my husband surprised me with a gift the other day: a beautiful, red shamagh (pronounced β€œschmog”).

A shamagh, also called kuffiya, is a headdress fashioned from a square, cotton scarf. It can be worn a variety of ways providing protection from the sun, can keep blowing dust and sand from one’s mouth and nose, and can be worn around the neck for warmth. It has been adopted as a fashion accessory in several non-Arab countries, including the U.S. (see one way to wear a shamagh here and another here.)

I have long admired my husband’s shamagh and was thrilled to get one of my own. That is until he proudly told me that it only cost him $1.99. I punched him on the arm and told him, ‘Don’t tell me that!’ Whether he’s spent a lot of money or a little, I don’t want to know.

Lynette M. Burrows, author, Lynette M. Burrows science fiction author, Lynette M. Burrows action-suspense science fiction author

Me and my shamagh

How about you? If your significant other gets you a gift, do you want to know how little much he (or she) spent?