What The Husband Did

My husband is many things.

He is kind

– thoughtful

– generous

– funny

and absentminded.

Even as a child, his mother called him her “absent-minded little professor”.

It was my birthday over the weekend, he had a lecture over at Plymouth that day.  Little T woke me up with a lovely greeting “Happy Birthday Mum” she said and planting a little kiss on my grumpy face.  I don’t like being woken up early you see, even if it’s my birthday.

I kissed her back and said “Now let mummy sleep please”.   She left me alone with her birthday card and her dad’s card near my pillow.

When I woke up, I called her back to bed with me and opened my cards and presents in front of an over-excited little T.  I loved all my cards and presents, except the card from my husband looked strangely familiar.  As I sat there on our bed with little T asking me “Is this your best birthday ever mum?”  I replied, “Of course, sweetie!”

And had a eureka moment …

Let’s call this Exhibit A.

This is the Valentine’s Day card I received from my lovely husband last month.

And here’s exhibit B

My birthday card.

Now you don’t have to be a genius to notice that they look exactly the same, except that exhibit A says “On Valentine’s Day” and the other one says “On Your Birthday”.

Dear Hallmark Cards,

Seriously guys, here’s a tip.  When making cards aimed at husbands buying for their wives, try to be more creative and use DIFFERENT designs.  I’m not worried about the women buying cards for their wives, because I’m definitely certain that they would spot the difference – IT’S THE SAME BLOODY CARD!

from a disgruntled wife,

Mrs. B

Please note that I am not waging a battle of the sexes here.  Men are the first (or at least the ones who don’t have any problem with admitting it) to say that they are really crap with little details.

The husband can explain many things, why World I and World War II broke out.  What would have happened if Hitler decided to do this, instead of that.  And many other high-brow discussions about most things, especially if it’s about history or politics.  But for the life of him, he couldn’t explain why he bought me identical cards one after the other to save his bloody life.

But of course, I’ve forgiven him.  After all, they are just cards right? Besides, this “little” mistake will cost him 😉  (insert evil laughter here)

Has your husband or partner done any silly mistakes like this one?

Do share.


  1. Fiona Chick

    Haha, that’s hilarious! Did he buy them on separate occasions and just totally forgot that he’d bought that same design for Valentine’s day? Well, he must really like that design!! Happy birthday xx

    • Yep, he actually bought them on separate occasions and different shops too! It still boggles my mind how he could’ve forgotten or not noticed that he bought the same card with the same design! … Thank you! 🙂 xx

        • “Man brain?” First time I’ve ever heard of that term – LOVE IT! 🙂 Btw, I’m having trouble accessing your site right now. Will try again later.

          • Fiona Chick

            Oh no – I hope it is all in working order. I wouldn’t worry, I write about a lot of nonsense. You’re not missing much!

            Man-brain – the mature version of boy-brain, and I’m surrounded by both varieties.

          • It still says “safari can’t find the server”… Could just be my end too… Don’t know. I’m not very technical… From now on though, will use that term too “man brain” 🙂 Thanks to you! xx

          • Fiona Chick

            Which site are you trying to look at? My Free Range Chick site or Chick’s Nursery List? I wouldn’t bother with the latter…

          • Fiona Chick

            Weird – I just tried it – working fine. No idea… As I say, you’re not missing much! Xx

          • Fiona Chick

            Aww, well good luck – and thank you!! Let me know if you’re still having no joy xx

  2. mydaysni

    It probably caught his eye because in his subconscious somewhere it was familiar! At least you got a card though, so it could be worse! But, yes, men are a bit useless sometimes! #sharewithme

    • You know what, that could be it! 😉 I agree, yes, men can a bit useless sometimes 😉

  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    That’s hysterical!! I love it!!

    And, okay, I’ll admit that a few years ago Mr. T clued me into the fact that apparently I had bought him the same valentine card for several years in a row! He liked Spongebob, and so when I saw a funny Spongebob Valentine card, I grabbed it! For several years in a row… :/ I had no idea I was duplicating the card! LOL!!

    I’ve been much more careful since then!

    • You are so funny Kate! I can’t believe you bought Mr. T the same valentine cards for several years in a row 😉 He’s such a sweetheart though for not telling you about it earlier 🙂

  4. Kim Carberry

    hahaha! That made me chuckle! It sounds like the same sort of thing my fella would do….At least he got you a card. My fella has forgotten in the past. lol x

    • Thanks Lindsay! … When I asked him if he really loved the design, he gave me a non-confirmative reply 😉

  5. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    That’s hysterical, my husband hasn’t done this yet, but it’s only a matter of time 🙂

    • I know. I’m hoping this will be the first and last… But I have a feeling it isn’t either! Hope yours does better 😉

  6. Lol, that is so funny and just the kind of thing my husband would do too! Definitely agree that there need to be different cards for Valentine’s Day and birthdays to prevent this kind of thing. My hubby once bought me a card for Valentine’s Day without reading it properly – it said “Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife”. We weren’t even engaged at the time and I asked him if it was a mistake or just him trying to propose in a very strange way! Had to wait a couple more years for the proposal though!

    • Oh no! That’s almost as bad as this one! 😉 I bet it was a subliminal message! 😉

  7. fourcalders

    So funny. I love it. My husband does this kind of thing for sure. He’s not the most imaginative person. xo. At least he got a card. Haha. Hope you showed him what he did.

    • Oh he knows what he did! 😉 And the funny this is, (I should have added this on the post), when I finally pointed out what he did, his reply was “Oh no! You’re going to blog about this aren’t you?” Of course I am! 😉 I just did 😉

  8. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    I know you are a disgruntled wife, but I hate to laugh out loud at this and share it with my mother. This is so something my husband would do and not notice. He once bought me a birthday card for mother’s day and didn’t notice that it said Happy Birthday to my Mother. He just saw the word Mother and assumed. hahahahaha MEN! lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • Thanks for sharing that little anecdote with me Jenny … I actually feel better now 😉 …. And I definitely agree with you … MEN! 🙂

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