We recently celebrated our anniversary. I picked up my husband’s gift at Walgreens and my husband surprised me with a ring. Awkward pause. I was in the middle of a Rom-Com movie with my husband’s excitement and smile larger than the 8×10 black and white print I picked up at Walgreens earlier in the day. I had not found a frame for it either. So it was just an 8×10 photo in a Walgreen’s photo sleeve. I was going for sentimental. And, it turns out so was my husband, but he did not know it in that moment.
Last winter we had family photos taken during a blizzard and in a rush for a Christmas card, I skipped this great photo of me and my husband. Which really means me, a great photo of me.
Which to know me is to know I do not like to be in front of a camera.
So when there is a good photo of me I am going to print and frame it.
I blame my mother.#wink
During the stay at home orders, I found the photo and saved it to have it enlarged for our upcoming anniversary. Historically we are very very casual about our anniversaries.
I was working off anniversary trends.
I admit I had fun talking about picking up my husband’s gift at Walgreens. But I had big plans for this print.
So when we exchanged gifts a few days after our official anniversary my husband surprised me with a Vineyard Vines box. Funny, how I know my husband so well I knew he grabbed the first empty box he could find.
I always remember the trends with my three kids based on the retail boxes in the basement storage.
So my first thought was maybe he was surprising me with a small handbag. That is a risky move too but a handbag can be exchanged.
Tucked in between layers of Christmas theme tissue paper I found a small jewelry box. And, I got very uncomfortable. I am not a huge jewelry girl. Most of my jewelry comes from JCrew Factory.
Backstory: My engagement ring was returned before my husband proposed. Apparently, I mentioned (casually of course) that I preferred a different style ring than what my husband had already picked out). Yep.
He surprised with the original style ring he had bought a few decades earlier. My girlfriend said, “Well, apparently Rod has a type (ring type).
I called my sister the next morning and told her that I did not like the new ring and she replied, “Hashtag suburban mom probs.” #sisters
So, once my husband recovered from the shock of my “surprised” face we had a good laugh. And, once he confirmed with the jeweler that he could exchange the ring his shoulders relaxed.
We are headed to the jeweler this afternoon. The owner said it is not the first time this has happened.
Happy Anniversary to the man who is an amazing husband, son and father. And, to think we did not make it to our one year anniversary.
But I will save that marriage diaries story for another day.Subscribe to Everyday Edits Newsletter