July 15, 2010

Mawaige--that bwessed awangement

Ten years ago today, my husband and I exchanged rings and vows and were declared married. We won't have much chance today for a fancy celebration. We didn't book an anniversary vacation, we won't be going out to dinner tonight (perhaps this weekend), and we're not exchanging gifts. No, today will be filled with the mundane. Kids to day-camp, work, my summer home improvement projects, and maybe plotting a visit from the Tooth Fairy for our six-year-old. The only real celebrating we have planned is to open a bottle of wine from the year 2000. Hopefully it won't be vinegar.

I never pictured such an ordinary day for our tenth wedding anniversary. At various times we've had visions of cruises or trips to Hawaii or any number of other grand plans. But priorities shift, as they often do, and we didn't end up planning anything really special. But thinking about what's in store for the day and the lack of "party" atmosphere, I can't say I'm disappointed. I don't need a fancy dinner or a diamond anniversary band to properly celebrate ten years of marriage. Oh sure, they'd be nice (though truthfully I'd rather have a Nook reader than expensive jewelry), but the real celebration is the home and family we've created over the past ten years. I wouldn't trade it for anything.