This past Sunday, Tara and I celebrated our very 1st anniversary. I should use the term “celebrated” loosely, however, as the celebrations consisted of flying back from KC, eating thawed cake, and going to bed early thanks to a horrendous headache. Sound romantic?
Actually, it was pretty amazing. Negatives aside, here’s a list of the things that made our first anniversary so special. (I’m in a listing mood).
1. Spending the weekend with some of our closest friends. The ones that got us together to begin with 3 and a half years ago, the ones that stood by our side and supported us as we made the most important commitment of our lives, and the ones that selflessly remembered that it was our anniversary, and let us have the guest bedroom in the lake house.
2. Enjoying year old cake (actually still quite good), and sipping decaf coffee (a tradition started on our honeymoon—the coffee, that is, not the year-old cake) on our china, and reminiscing about the challenges, triumphs, and joys of the first year.
3. Getting to rest my throbbing head while my gracious wife cleaned the dishes.
The best part is, the festivities are not over! There’s still plenty of cake to be eaten, and we are still planning a little weekend getaway, postponed due to our trip to the Ozarks. The perks of such plans is twofold: first, we get to spread out the fun, and second, if anniversary gifts were not procured in time for the actual day, technically any time between then and the getaway is perfectly acceptable!
And now I present another list of just a few of the things that made this first year of marriage such a blast for me. The perks of this list is also twofold: First, it may work as an aphrodisiac, and second, in a pinch, I could almost call it part of my gift for Tara.
1. Taking turns being strong when the other needed a shoulder to lean on during difficult times such as moving, unemployment, and pregnancy scares.
2. Her being endlessly supportive of me, even when I had to call her on a nasty snowy morning to confess to her that I had lost my job.
3. Her feeding me cookies while I do the dishes after dinner.
4. Countless tickle fights started after I started recording video on my phone and then telling her that the phone was for her.
5. All the backpacking trips—each one finding us better prepared and more efficient.
6. Sharing equally bad cases of gas after eating a just-add-water backpacking meal called “Chicken Stew”
7. The beginnings of so many traditions.