My 90 year old dad is blind, but exactly how blind is usually hard to tell because he functions very well.
The other day however, a circuit blew and the lights in the kitchen turned off suddenly right before dinner time.
My mom and I tried to fix them but figured out pretty quickly that we needed a new fuse.
I shrugged, and suggested that we use my camping lanterns and not tell my dad.
My dad stresses over these things and asks a bazillion questions and issues even more directives, making what would be a tedious task into a torturous job.
I was curious, would he realize we were eating in dim light?
The answer of course, is no.
He had no idea.
So when it came time for me to pick a Christmas present for him, I decided to get him a one-touch Keurig coffee maker.
Seeing him fumble around for a cup and try to fill it with water without missing or spilling before he even adds his coffee grounds or sugar made me stop and think.
He could really use an automatic Keurig.
Put the mug in place, put the coffee pod in place, push one button, and voila. . . coffee!
Today it arrived in the mail, with K-E-U-R-I-G in big letters on the box.
My mom took one look at it and knew what it was for.
And for once, instead of chastising me for spending money, she congratulated me on getting the perfect gift for my father.
This is why I love gifting at Christmas.