Boyfriend's mum loves cow things. She collects cow mugs; it's quite endearing.
I don't really have a favourite animal. I'm quite fond of most. Not horses.
Anyway, so while I have good feelings to most varieties of animal, be they two legs or four, of the sea or of the land, I don't have an absolute fave whose totem I carry with me always.
Boyfriend's mother rang him just before my birthday to ask what my favourite animal was.
Now, this is a guy who often knows me better than I do. He can guess my thoughts and anticipate most of my actions. He has never bought me a dud present; they've always been gold.
Yet when he replied to his mother, he said 'turtles'.
Now I'm not complaining, for two reasons.
1, I do rather like turtles. Who doesn't? Be they standard or ninja.
And 2, for my birthday his parents bought me a gorgeous silver turtle on a necklace; it's lovely and I adore it. Oh, and his sister-in-law bought me a cute little turtle made of a lovely clear-coloured stone. But... turtles?
Hopefully this won't lead to decades of turtle-themed presents. I love both of the gifts I got (truly, they're awesome) so I can't really say, 'Oh Bee Tee Dub, I'm not that into turtles' without them erroneously thinking I dislike my gifts.
But seriously, Boyfriend... turtles?
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