Post # 1
My husband likes to keep to himself. However, today is his 25th birthday. Being that it is his 25th birthday, I wanted to really spoil him. I got up an hour early today before I had to go to work to write on his car windows, “Honk! It’s my birthday!” “Happy Birthday Hubby!” etc. with little party hats and balloons and such. I also put balloons in the backseat and passenger seat of his car.
I asked to take an extended lunch so I could bring him a surprise to his work: a massive basket filled with his favorite goodies, coffees, fun little things, etc. I have spent a lot of time and thought for this basket. I stopped off and got helium balloons to tie onto the basket. I hid in his cubicle and one of his co-workers ushered him into his cubicle. I told him happy birthday, and he said, “D’aww, look at that.” or something along those lines. He digs through the basket for about literally 3 seconds and then takes a bag of candy out and goes back to a different computer he was working at. He didn’t say anything else, and he starts working. So I tell him I’m sure he’s busy and I need to go back to work. I go in to kiss him on his temples and he moves away slightly. Then he tilted his head back to where I could kiss it again and I kissed him and told him to have a great day. I still have champagne and a massive chocolate dipped apple (he’s gluten free), and I also called off for him tomorrow (also a surprise, he doesn’t know it yet) so I could take him to breakfast and just have a chill day together and start our weekend early. I kinda just feel so bummed that I don’t even know if he’ll appreciate the chapange and the apple.
I am really freaking irritated that I spent so much time, effort, and money on this for him to not appreciate it. I know he likes everything in there, cause he always snacks on that stuff at home, and loves coffee, etc. He’s not one for PDA, or mushy stuff AT ALL. Maybe I embarassed him? I don’t know, but my feelings are really hurt. 🙁 I wanted him to be so happy and make his day better and I didn’t seem to achieve that. That really breaks my heart. Also, no thank you or hug or anything. What the heck? :<
Post # 2
LittlePumpkin: Maybe I embarassed him? Maybe?
Post # 3
….TBH, I don’t even keep to myself and I would be uncomfortable with that much of a big deal over my birthday. And I freakin. love. my. birthday.
I’m not saying this to be bitchy, but sometimes the gift you would want for yourself isn’t necessarily what someone else would want, Maybe you overwhelmed him?
Post # 4
🙁 I’m sorry. Maybe he’ll thank you at the end of the day? If not, I would definitely talk to him about it later.
Post # 5
I think if he’s a keep-to-himself kind of guy, all that showy stuff made him really uncomfortable at a minimum, or maybe even mad for not respecting his private-guy ways. Maybe next year, a quiet weekend at a B&B or a casual dinner with some close friends (and no singing waiters) would get a better reception.
ETA: maybe undo that call-off for tomorrow. That is really over-reaching and a lot of people would be very pissed off by that. I know I would. It’s creepy and controlling.
Post # 6
See how he acts when he gets home. He was probably surprised and a bit embarassed by all the hoopla especially in front of his work colleagues… especially if, like you say, he is a bit on the quiet side.
Dont take it personally… Im sure he will thank you properly when he gets home.
Im a pretty extroverted person but I think even I would have been embarrassed by balloons and writing on my car and then a surprise gift at work!
He was probably just overwhelmed.
Post # 7
I think you embaressed him and he didn’t know what to do. You said right away that he keeps to himself. I would say make note of this and don’t do it again. He probably would have preferred a private gift at home or a card to open in private.
Post # 8
LittlePumpkin: I’d have to guess, yes, you embarrassed him. Don’t feel bad! I’m sure he’ll be back to himself at home. I don’t mind PDA but definitely NOT at work. I hate even kissing my FI at work when he occasionally drops me off.
I’m sorry you’re feelings are hurt. I know how that goes– when you go out of your way to be thoughtful and pamper someone and it isn’t well recieved. But, you said “he is not one for PDA and mushy stuff AT ALL” and while what you did was sweet, it was quite mushy 🙂 Also, some people really don’t like attention on their bdays. Is he like that?
Post # 9
Um you probably embrassed the hell out of him and I can see why he acted like that. If he is a keep to him self thing the last thing he would want is a huge show of balloons/gifts/kisses at the office which by the way is sorta inappropriate anyway
Post # 10
FutureFantasticMrsFox: He rambles on and on about his birthday for a few weeks at home lol. I figured it was just snacks and a few sweet things that he likes along with some balloons. I didn’t think it would embarass him. It’s not like I bought him a brand new Mercedes and ushered everyone outside to gawk at it lol. Regardless, I’ll just apologize for embarassing him and it obviously wasn’t intended. I just wanted to drop something off mid-day to brighten his birthday. Oh well. :/
Post # 11
Sassygrn: He works in an office of about 15 people are so who are pretty tight knit and very laid back. It’s a law office, and people will wear shirts and shorts and such. It’s a very laid back office, and bringing him snacks and balloons and stuff I didn’t suspect it would embarass him. I thought it’d be nice to have a mid-day surprise for him. Next time I will just keep it at home.
Post # 12
You either embaressed him or he’s having a not so great day at work. I enjoy my birthdays as well, but that much surprises would make me a little awkward & uncomfortable in front of my co-workers. On the other hand even if I was comfortable with all those surprises I feel like it’s a little inappropriate at the workplace…
Or he’s just having a shitty work day and it falling on your birthday makes it even worse and would put anyone in a bad mood, awesome surprises or not…
Post # 13
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I don’t think you made such a huge ruckus as to cause embarassment. The decorations and things for his car…who is going to see that? Do people sit out in the parking lots and notice each other’s vehicles? And visiting him at work to give him some treats and some balloons doesn’t seem crazy and over the top to me, but a sweet gesture that yes, should have warranted at least a hug if he was too shy for a public kiss. You didn’t involve his co-workers, sing happy birthday or decorate his cubicle or anything of that sort, so I do think you’re justified in feeling hurt and even if he was a little taken aback, should have had the manners to at least give a proper thank you. A basket filled with candies and coffess and sentimental gifts is sweet, low-key and not asking for the entire world to come shower him with attention.
Wait and see if he says thank you tonight, but if he doesn’t I DO think you should say something. Just be careful in choosing your words so it doesn’t sound like you’re accusing him of anything but rather explaining how you feel instead.
Edit: I’m also surprised that many people think it’s innappropriate. At our office we go all out for birthdays, decorating cubicles, ordering lunch, cupcakes or pie and even gifts. We have about 9 of us in this one building and it’s all pretty much accepted. It sounds like his office is also pretty similar when it comes to the laid backness factor.
Post # 14
My DH is the same – He would be mortified if I decorated his windows like that or showed up to work with balloons and a basket of goodies and tried to kiss him. I tried to have a surprise birthday party for his 25th (with just his close friends and family) and he found out about it and asked me to please cancel it all. I was sad because I love birthdays, but it was that moment that I realized I wasn’t taking his feelings into consideration and I have to respect that.
Sorry, but as his wife, you should know and realize that these types of public displays of affection/attention make him uncomfortable and not be upset with how he’s reacted.
Post # 14
Uh, yea, you definitely embarassed him. The gift is very thoughtful but it should have been waiting for him when he got home. My husband and I work together so I know all of his co-workers and even I wouldn’t bring his birthday shit to work. Also, I really don’t think calling out for your husband was a good idea. I’m surprised his boss was okay with that.