Last week, my parents had their twenty-first anniversary. I was not home at the time, but the following are some of the happenings as related to me by my sister:
1. “Pier 1 is just a bunch of junk. And that other store like it is the same junk just less of it. So if you want junk but don’t want to sift through as much, go to that other one.” – my father
This was the life lesson my father imparted to my little sister after his adventure to find Mom an anniversary gift. He always buys her the traditional gift (it’s precious,) and this year was brass. He started off the hunt at Pier 1, and he was obviously not impressed. I just smile on the inside picturing my nerdy father wandering the isles of Pier 1 by himself. His next — and equally unsuccessful — stop was “that other place,” more commonly known as “Kirklands.” So, just a heads up, Pier 1 and Kirklands aren’t really dad-type stores in case you were wondering. (He ended up in Tulsa where he found a brass dolphin sculpture. My sister and I were so proud.)
2. Sometimes the “sweetest” gifts mean more to men than the money spent.
And by sweetest I definitely mean sugar content. Mom gave Dad an adorable candy bouquet and a funny card. My sister and I find it hilarious that Dad usually gets Mom sappy cards, and her cards for him are usually funny and/or sarcastic. Hey, it’s worked for 21 years, right? This year, Dad told her he was going to take the card to work to show his friends. A couple days later is was still on the dresser, and Mom said, as she pointed in the direction of the cards and candy, “I thought you said you were taking that to work.” He said, “I’m not gonna share my candy! It’s mine!” We all just shook our heads as she said, “James, I meant the card…” “Oh, I took that yesterday 🙂 ” I love my family.
3. After 21 years, my parents are still an adorable couple. It’s true.
This year, Mom and Dad went out for a nice dinner for their anniversary. My sister thought it was adorable. But then again, what doesn’t she find adorable? While we were out of town this weekend my sister was recounting the events of their anniversary, and she said, “Mom and Dad were so cute when they got back from their date last night… all in love and such.” I’m not quite sure what the “and such” entails, but whatever it is, it seems to be working just fine.
Happy (a few days late) Anniversary, Mom and Dad!