By Braddah Lance
It was five years ago today (yes, 07/07/07 for those mathematically challenged) that I signed my name above the solid line in a little room at Central Union Church. It was much like how today was with mostly sunny skies, a few sprinkles and a slight overcast to round out the day. It was a day that I entered into a lifetime contract with the person I wanted to spend eternity with.
At least that's what you plan or intend to do.
The whole marriage "contract" is a funny thing. You spend all this time preparing for a ceremony, reception and whatever comes your way but after you say "I do", you just sign the paper - basically without reading it - and head off to take more pictures and get ready for the reception. You actually spend more time - and thought - signing a wireless phone contract than you do signing your life away.
Wassup Wit Dat!
I won't lie to you - Da Wife can attest - that our first five years of marriage has been, well, interesting to say da least.
We've had a TON of up's and down's and yet somehow managed to stay together. There has been times that I wanted to knock her out - vice versa - but for me it always ended up like the Manny Pacquiao / Timothy Bradley fight where even though I clearly won, I still lost.
Double Wassup Wit Dat!
But I told Da Wife dat if we didn't get divorced by 08/08/08, then we should be good.
Five years has been really tough in a sense that while you know each other, you still don't know each other. There is one thing that I found a little "different" about her - I'm still trying to reprogram myself - that I'm sure every guy would appreciate and that she is not really into gifts on "special occasions". She doesn't ask for much other than a few things she needs, she buys what she wants when she needs it - so do I - so she feels getting an "extra" gift really isn't a big deal.
I know what you're thinking, "NO, NO, NO you idiot! Don't fall for that where they tell you they don't need or want anything and then they get pissed when you don't and you end up getting some stupid gift from God knows where and end up paying even more because it's an after-the-fact kind of gift trap."
But seriously, she's not li'dat. I actually thought I was being "tested" on the first few "occasions" but turned out it was da real deal.
Our thing is just to go out to a nice dinner and enjoy each oddah's company as we've been doing, well, da past four years. I do though, always give her a great big bear hug and say "Happy Anniversary" and the rest is not blog worthy.
I still do feel bad about not getting her anything because I've been conditioned - from history - to get presents but not having the looming feeling and the stressed out feeling of finding da "right gift" surely is a load off my shoulders.
In case you're wondering though, hea's a list - dunno how da heck it came about - of traditional and modern anniversary gifts from about.com:
5th Anniversary Traditional Gift :
Wood. The strength of your marriage bond is represented by the traditional gift of wood for your 5th anniversary. Wood is strong and long-lasting.
5th Anniversary Contemporary/Modern Gift:
Silverware. The modern gift of silverware is a reminder of the connection the two of you formed as you shared meals with each other and your children.
5th Anniversary Gemstone:
Sapphire, or pink tourmaline.
5th Anniversary Color:
Several colors are associated with the 5th anniversary: blue, pink, or turquoise.
5th Anniversary Flower:
Daisy. In the language of flowers, daisies represent innocence, loyal love, I'll never tell, and purity.
Maybe I shoud get Da Wife a koa spoon yeah?
But da only gift Da Wife should be concerned about getting........... is me.
Happy Anniversary Babe!