We agreed that this trip would be our birthday present to each other, save what inexpensive things we could find at the thrift store from the kids.
But this guy deserves something extra-special. So I sold a few things I've been meaning to get rid of and found someone who could take him saltwater fly fishing for a day.
I slipped the contact information in the Orvis fishing pants I bought at Goodwill.
"Would you mind trying them on tonight?" I asked, after the kids tore open the package. "I'd like to return them if they don't fit."
He thought the pants' original owner must have left something in the pocket. Until he read my note, and the biggest smile I've seen all spring spread across his face...