Drill Bits for an Artist

I’ve always been fascinated with drills and tools used in woodworking. As a kid, I loved watching my dad install his projects and making our lives a bit easier. I always thought it was more for functional work rather than anything creative.

It was mesmerizing to see him work. He was so patient, and he prided himself on his careful measuring before cutting or drilling.

I remember watching him turn pieces of wood into things we could use around the house. Even though I watched the entire process, I was always amazed when he finished. He seemed like a magician to me. I didn’t think I’d ever feel the same awe as when I watched my dad work.

That was until I met my boyfriend.

He’s an artist that works primarily with wood and metal. I didn’t even know they made drill bits for metal until I saw it mentioned at Drillbit Best.

You see, I was looking for a birthday gift for my boyfriend. I wanted something that he would actually use. The site helped me decide between the titanium drill bits and the other kit that let you drill through various materials, such as wood, plastic, and metal.

While I was thrilled with finding something I thought my boyfriend would appreciate, a part of me felt a bit foolish as the doubts started rolling in.

What if he hated what I bought? Or even worse, what if it amused him because I chose something so plain?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best gift giver. My sister is amazing at things like this. I’m much better at doing things for others to show I care.

However, my sister was out of the country when I was shopping for this gift, so I had to rely on my own instincts. Finally, I became so annoyed at myself for these useless fears that I decided I’d just return the drill bits if my partner didn’t care for them.

That sensible resolution helped me feel slightly better, although the doubts still lingered faintly in the back of my mind.

Plus, I also told myself that if my partner was a jerk when he responded to his present that I’d know a bit more about his character. Little things like this always told me so much about a person.

You see, we’ve only been dating for a few months, so it’s not as if wedding bells are in the immediate future or anything. It’s just that I’m careful with my relationships, and he seemed to complement me in every way.

For his birthday, we went out to dinner with some friends. It was an intimate gathering, and I enjoyed getting to meet his closest friends. I confess that I was nervous, changing outfits at least two to three times before going back to my first choice in the end.

I had a great time at dinner and was pleased that my boyfriend remained affectionate with me. I’ve witnessed other people act differently when they’re alone with their partners and when they’re in public.

My boyfriend’s friends noticed his behavior as well and seemed to approve.

The only snag in the evening came when everyone pulled out their gifts to give to him. I had brought mine along, just in case, but I had hoped that I could give it to him later when we were alone.

His friends gave him thoughtful gifts that made him smile and laugh. He was kind and gracious in his responses, so that gave me hope.

Finally, it was my turn to hand him his gift. He must have noticed my wobbly smile, for he squeezed my hand in reassurance.

When the gift was finally revealed he was silent for a few moments. I really thought I had made the biggest mistake ever. Before I went into a full-blown panic and escaped out of there, he stopped me with a big kiss. It was as if we were the only two people in the room.

I think I must have mumbled that he could return it to get something else, but he said he didn’t want to. I had to look at his eyes to see if he was lying. He wasn’t.

His eyes were bright. He said no one had ever bought him anything for his art before. If the kiss he gave me was an indication of his feelings, I think he liked his gift.