Anniversary

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I woke early on Saturday as the first fat flakes of snow fell past the bedroom window. The snow stuck fast to the sidewalks and tree branches, settling for the first time this winter. I had to venture out in the pale light to fetch milk from the convenience store to make coffee, my feet warm in new snow boots crunching through fresh ice and a fine layer of snow.

I was supposed to buy flowers, as directed by the first weekend assignment in the Apartment Therapy January Cure. I didn’t, perhaps I really should have, but I did spend most of the weekend scrubbing the hardwood floors so I feel as though I’m on track. Definitely a good way to begin the year.

Saturday marked our eighth wedding anniversary, and we didn’t do overtly special. In truth, I’ve noticed as I get older that I’m starting to resent the need for special things or to have a special day on days like anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and my birthday. It almost feels like too much pressure, that I’m supposed to feel a certain way and the entire day will be irrevocably ruined if one little thing isn’t how it is supposed to be.

On those special occasions I’d much rather just have a day like any other. We did have a perfect and normal weekend, one that involved housework, playing games, teasing one another, chasing the cat, reading books, throwing snowballs, eating takeout, baking cookies, watching movies, and spending time with the two people I love most in the world.

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    • We were back to work/school today after the winter break. For me that means trudging through lots of snow, my legs aren’t used to it anymore 🙂

  1. aubrey

    this is one of my new favorite posts. i can’t believe it has been 8 years!! congrats sounds stupid to say, but seriously, you give me hope haha. i am glad your weekend was so perfect! i am off to pack more boxes

    • Aww thanks Aubrey, I can’t believe it either. This morning I was looking back at an anniversary post I wrote when we still lived in Germany. Seems so long ago. Good luck with the boxes!

  2. Vava

    Happy Anniversary! Doesn’t seem like it’s 8 years….. May you and Dan have many, many more years together. Love you ❤️

  3. “In truth, I’ve noticed as I get older that I’m starting to resent the need for special things or to have a special day on days like anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and my birthday. It almost feels like too much pressure, that I’m supposed to feel a certain way and the entire day will be irrevocably ruined if one little thing isn’t how it is supposed to be.”

    Yes! I feel the same way. John and I really just like the gift of time together.

    • I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one 🙂 I mean, it’s nice to go out for dinner sometimes or to do other things together but I certainly prefer to do those things sporadically throughout the whole year rather than waiting for designated days.

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