As Dad told it, they were sitting at the kitchen table. He was doing the Sunday crossword puzzle. She was sorting out her money, laying it in piles as she counted it out. A few dollars here, a few dollars there. But she was counting it all out loud.
This for the kids: Bill's book, Marty's baseball game, Susan's doll, this and that as she mentally but aloud went through her Christmas list. She ended with, 'And this for Bill's chair'. And Dad began to laugh out loud.
Mother was buying a recliner on layaway for the old man. She had let out the secret.
It was maybe the best Christmas gift Pops had ever gotten. But only because Mom had given it away a few days before December 25th.