Blogger’s Note: The intent of this post is completely lighthearted. I most certainly do not expect Tim to give me a gift upon presentation of his daughter. Thus, all negative comments and thinly veiled insults aren’t necessary on this lovely day.
I remember a few years ago I was chatting with a coworker who was expecting his second child. He was ruminating on what to get his wife for her “Push Gift.” Never having birthed a child, I had never heard of such a thing and asked him to explain the concept to me.
He told me that men are supposed to give a gift (usually jewelry) to their wives as encouragement and gratitude for the work they have done to carry the child and to push it out. After the birth of his first daughter, he presented his wife with a ring. For the second daughter, he was thinking of getting her the matching bracelet.
Zing! I like the way these Southern men think! I had never heard of such a thing, but immediately loved the idea. Shoot, what woman doesn’t like gift giving scenarios!? I filed that concept in the back of my mental rolodex, noting I’d need it later when it was my turn to push out a baby.
Fast forward three or four years later, and I came across the phrase “Push Gift” again on one of my baby message boards. How could I have forgotten? Immediately my mind started to race, thinking of what type of gift I would like to receive.
Hmmmm. Something timeless that I could wear to remember the special day that Foxy arrived. Perhaps a simple bauble with engraving that says something along the lines of, “Thank You for the most Beautiful Daughter Ever.” Or perhaps a piece of BLING! that will make all my girlfriends swoon!
When I mentioned the idea of a push gift to Tim, he looked at me like I had just spoken Russian. Clearly, the push gift is not a concept widely known across the South.
Have you ever heard of the Push Gift? Did you receive any type of beautifully wrapped gratitude upon bearing your children?