A wedding anniversary is a special event—year after year. There are some that are extra special because they are milestones like the 15th, 30th, 50th, and so on. You celebrate love and togetherness, usually with a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant. I have years of memories that lead up to this year’s anniversary: our fifteenth. Hugo has been an exemplary companion in my life and he deserved a special gift. I presented it to him after our meal at our preferred spot, a Spanish restaurant. Little did I know what was in store for me.
The evening was glorious. It was a balmy night and you could see a few stars. We were in a dreamy mood as a result and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to eat outside on the patio. We savored course after course of dishes like assorted tapas and paella. We love this restaurant and practically know the menu by heart. We took our time and it was time for tres leches cake for dessert. We ordered coffee and sat quietly as we surreptitiously slipped our gifts onto the table. I told Hugo to go first. He carefully opened his small wrapped package and let go an “oh” of delight upon seeing a men’s Swiss watch for under $500. I had found a beautiful gold-toned model since all he had at the moment was a casual black sport watch. I wanted something dressy and elegant without spending too much. Apparently, I made the right choice. He put it on immediately and lifted his wrist in the air to admire it. He was beaming a broad smile.
Then it was my turn. My package was a bit larger. It was wrapped in silver paper with a pink bow. Pink is my favorite color. I opened it without tearing any of the paper and the package revealed the most amazing cream silk blouse. I couldn’t put it on in public, of course, but I wanted to parade around the restaurant and show off my husband’s superior taste. I would have to wait until I got home. It was a very special and thoughtful gift and I got up and went over to my husband and gave him a huge kiss and hug.
It was a wonderful anniversary, as they always are; but somehow this one will stand out in the greater scheme of things in my life. I think it was because of our love and affection for one another that I know will endure over the years. Sure, we will have other anniversaries and maybe even a party or two instead of an intimate dinner; but each and every time will be precious to me. Now I wear my anniversary blouse on special occasions like holidays and the theater or opera. I am always reminded of Hugo when I put it on as I hope he is reminded of me when he wears his dress watch. May this be a lesson to you and a reminder of the good things in life.