Far and away my favorite pipe in my possession is my Ginger’s Favorite. It’s official demarcation is Ginger’s Favorite Smooth (104). Savinelli produces the Ginger’s Favorite, named after actress Ginger Rogers, in two shapes, 104 (straight) and 626 (bent), and two finishes, smooth and rusticated. I have the straight, smooth rendition. I smoke what most consider to be english tobacco blends in it. And while I love the shape, size, and color of this Savinelli collectible, the story behind it and what it represents to me are what make it my favorite.
You only turn 40 once. Or so my wife says. Apparently, that’s how she approached my last birthday. I only asked for a couple of things for my birthday (to sleep in and what meals to eat), so I really wasn’t expecting much. We travel with our kiddos in a 5th-wheel camper to plant organic expressions of Jesus Christ, so we weren’t necessarily around all of our family and friends at the time, and I really wasn’t expecting much. While my wife will give me gifts, that’s not how she prefers to express her love, so (in regards to gifts) I really wasn’t expecting much. Very little had been said about anything concerning my birthday, so I really wasn’t expecting much. In other words, I didn’t have high expectations for the day. I knew it would be nice, but I wasn’t anticipating the party to end all parties or anything like that.
Well, I didn’t have the party to end all parties, but I was given something far more peculiar, precious, and priceless: a surprise pipe from my wife. That may sound odd and materialistic, but it’s the symbol of sacrificial love for me. Bridget knows that I love pipes. She knows I love to smoke pipes. She also knows that I absolutely love surprises. And she knew that I would’ve bought myself a new pipe with birthday money (no surprises there). So, armed with this information, what does she do? She buys me a new pipe, a gift from her heart to mine. Surprise!
This birthday pipe is a reminder of her love for me. More importantly, it’s a reminder of God’s love for me. She chose to deny her own nature (she doesn’t prefer to just give gifts) and show me love how she knew I would receive it (I LOVE to get and give gifts and surprises). The act spoke volumes to me. Again, I know this can sound somewhat shallow to a casual observer on the outside, but trust me, this was no small thing. First, it spoke to how Jesus denied His nature (“not my will, but Yours”) to show the Father’s love for His creation. The fact that she chose, without any prompting from me whatsoever, to secretly go down to a pipe shop, visit with the proprietor about me and my pipe tastes, purchase a rather nice pipe and great tin of tobacco, and then surprise me with it on my birthday, shows me that she was thinking of me. She chose to put me and my likes above herself and her own. Totally a Jesus move!
And that’s about how it went down. In talking with her about everything later, she divulged that the Lord had asked her to love me in such a way. Not only did she want to love on me in a special way for my birthday, but God did, too! And truthfully, it was His love within her that prompted her own feelings. She simply set the evidence of all that love. And she did it splendidly! 🙂
To be candid, she could’ve bought me any old pipe in this situation, and it would be my favorite. But she and the Lord wanted it to be something special to me. So she got me a Savinelli (I had two others that I love). And not just any Savinelli, a Ginger’s Favorite. And now it’s not just Ginger’s Favorite, but it’s My Favorite, as well.