It's the Little Things

Ding-a-ling-a-ling-a-ling  (that’s the phone ringing in case you are confused)

Me: Hello?

Shaun: I just have one thing to tell you.

Me: Oh? And what is that?

Shaun: Well…Happy Anniversary!

Me: NNNOOOOOoooooooo!

Me: Wait a minute…you cheated! It’s not the 18th!

Shaun: Bwaahahaaaaaaa  Nope, but your reaction sure is funny!

See, Shaun and I started out the first year of our marriage wishing each other a happy anniversary monthly.   I still smile when I remember Shaun surprising me with half a cake, (that he had made himself!)  and half a dozen roses waiting for me when I came home from work on our six month anniversary.  We don’t usually give gifts, but a six month-er was special.  It’s enough to just let each other know that we remember what day it is.

Somewhere along the line though, this romantic little tradition got a bit competitive.  We seem to have an unspoken agreement  to see who can remember to greet the other first with anniversary wishes each month.  The winner is always jubilant and the loser, well…

Along the way we’ve had to create a few ground rules.  Things like, you may not set the alarm clock so that you can wake your spouse up at the stroke of midnight to be the first one.  You may not set up monthly reminders on your computer or anything like that.   I’m sure there are a few more, but those are the ones that come to mind first. 

Sometime in the last couple of years, the girls have noticed what we do.  They think it’s pretty funny, but they hate to be left out. It’s been more than a few times that one of them has mischievously reminded me what the date was.  (I’m pretty sure they do that same thing for Shaun) And then as soon as they come home from school, they demand to know who won for the month! 

I guess it’s just the silly little things that keep a marriage going…After all,  214 months shows that we must be doing something right!

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