bee3six5

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a wooden anniversary

Posted by bee3six5 on February 4, 2010

relationships are funny.  and i don’t mean just ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ relationships.  i mean all kinds.  family.  friends.  the mailman.  the rude teenager working at mcdonald’s drive-thru who forgets to give me a straw for my milkshake.  hell, we even have relationships with people who we hate.  it’s the connection you feel with someone, whether it’s good or bad.  that involvement you have with another person.

when i met Steff nine years ago we formed an instant bond.  (she told the story of how we met yesterday, so i won’t go into the details.)  we were honestly like magnets in a crowd that somehow found each other.  i knew right away that this person would be in my life forever.  and i couldn’t be happier that i was right.  the past five years have been amazing and i can’t wait for the next five. and the five after that.  and so on and so forth.  because, i’m going to level with you here, we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.

today i looked up what the traditional gift was for a 5th anniversary.  the answer the powers that be (read: internet) gave me was that the gift is ‘wood’.  that’s right…wood.  what was i supposed to do?  buy her a cord of fire wood? well actually, that’s something we could use, except for the fact that our wood burning stove is on the fritz.  or maybe a tree for our yard?  again, that’s actually a cool idea, except for the fact that it’s January in New Jersey and the ground is frozen and we’re expecting a foot of snow tomorrow.  i was out of ideas.

so i did the next best thing.  took her out for some Mexican food.  that’s comparable, right?  here’s Steff (over)enjoying our dessert.

and just because she’s my favorite subject to photograph and i liked a lot of the pictures i took tonight, i’m gonna include another from our dinner.  i call this one ‘post margarita contemplation’

the waitress came by to drop off the check and some boxes for our extra food.  i watched as Steff made a mess (a common occurence while eating) on the table and her lap while putting her fajita leftovers into the styrofoam container and thought, ‘what wood product could i have given her that would have prevented or helped this situation?’  my brain raced: wood…pulp…paper…PAPER!  i looked down, grabbed a paper napkin and handed it to her with a smile. ‘happy anniversary, babe.’  it’s a shame i didn’t have a bow.

see you tomorrow

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2 Responses to “a wooden anniversary”

  1. Awwwww, this whole story is adorable, but the wood/paper/napkin ending totally caught me off-guard. That’s exactly the kind of funny little thing that makes relationships great, isn’t it?

  2. Nikki said

    So sweet so thoughtful, soooo you!!!

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