Today is an All Day Celebration of Our Love and Committment (Well, Maybe Not All Day).

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What's the Traditional Gift for the 13th Anniversary??Today is our 13th wedding anniversary.

By all day celebration, I mean my wife is going to work on her technology workshops and I am going to mow the yard, exercise, and hopefully get a nap in.

When all of that excitement dies down, we are going out to dinner. With our mooching daughter.

If I play my cards right, we may stop by Home Depot.

The air is filled with romance.

And they said it wouldn’t last. Actually, her parents probably said worse, but this is a family blog.

Of course, marriage is day to day (or minute to minute), so time will tell.

My dilemma is what to get the woman who has everything. She is hard to shop for because she always says that she doesn’t want or need anything.

Other than peace and quiet for a day. Which means no arguing between my daughter and I as we play video games, sports, watch TV, bike ride, or generally just annoy each other.

I hope she doesn’t get her hopes up, because that is a difficult gift to find. After all, what is the fun of playing Wii if you can’t do a victory song and dance after crushing your only child in bowling?

There must be a traditional gift for the 13th year?

A lawyer? A psychologist? Possibly meds? Tickets to the gun show (thank goodness for the 48 hour waiting time to purchase)?

Maybe there is a store where I could buy her more patience. It seems to me that sooner or later she will use all of hers up.

Marriage is a lot like school. You have to show up every day, give your best effort, listen more than you talk, complete your work on time, and learn from your mistakes.

Happy Anniversary.

Note to readers from wife. It is bad enough I am stuck in this marriage and I have to edit this dribble, but doesn’t he even know the traditional 13th year wedding gift is lace? Google it for goodness sake! (The modern gift is textiles/furs which quite frankly just creeps me out.) Luckily for him, I am not a big fan of lace. Diamonds (which I will have to wait another 47 years to receive) or a new geeky tech toy would have been good, but I will settle for an afternoon of peace and quiet. Don’t get me wrong, the odds of them playing Wii and not arguing are slim to none, but keep your fingers crossed for me. Happy Anniversary to my best (and funniest) friend who also happens to be my husband.

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4 Responses to “Today is an All Day Celebration of Our Love and Committment (Well, Maybe Not All Day).”


  1. Bicknell
    on Jul 27th, 2008
    @ 7:30 pm

    Great moments in life…

    when I crush one of my 3 boys on the Wii…

    when my wife laughs at my jokes…

    Happy anniversay!


  2. Angie
    on Jul 31st, 2008
    @ 5:09 pm

    My husband and I decided before our first anniversary to actually go by the traditional/modern lists, with some leeway, meaning that the “china” year translated into “made in china.” It limits the choices and has made for some interesting/creative gifts. (For “copper” I gave him Coppertone and golf lessons.) Good luck next year!


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