04/15/2012 10:32 am ET

Michael Roberts On The Merits Of A Quality Lawn Gnome And Unnecessary Holidays

It all started when I made a small mistake on Mother’s Day. It was an honest mistake—one anybody might have made. As a gift for my wife, Eryn, on her very first Mother’s Day, I bought a garden gnome, which I gave to her along with a very romantic expression of my love and appreciation. So complete was my naiveté at that time that I honestly believed I had done something wonderfully thoughtful.

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