As my 36th wedding anniversary approached, I tried to think of something that would celebrate our marriage in a way that flowers and dinner out just didn’t capture. Don’t get me wrong – flowers and special dining are always welcome. But after the first 10 or 30 years, sometimes they say “obligation” instead of “celebration.” I wanted to say: “I have loved you for years and will love you for years to come” in a way that wouldn’t be eaten in an hour or die within a week. So here it is and how to do it: Monday Love – the Special Anniversary Gift.
Type or write out 52 statements on colorful paper. Statements that let your mate know how special they are. It can be a compliment, an affirmation, a fun thought, a smile-making memory. Mix it up a bit. One might say: “Your green eyes are my favorite color.” Another: “I still smile when I think of how much fun we had the day you surprised me with that goofy bean bag chair.” And still another: “I don’t know how I could deal with my crazy family without your support.” Those of you who took the recent 30-Day Gratitude Challenge have a head-start on the brainstorming!
Simply put your statements in the container of your choice. Whether you decorate a jar, buy a special themed box, or use your mate’s favorite pottery piece, the presentation can be as creative or straightforward as you want it to be. Married to a golfer? Maybe you want to tape each note to a golf ball and put all the balls in a big chest. Your spouse have a sweet tooth? You might tape each note to a miniature chocolate bar and present them in a decorative tin.
The special package is presented at the appropriate time with a card or note explaining that you are gifting a year of love. Each Monday they pull from the container for an expression of your appreciation that will take them through the week.
This special gift is wonderfully versatile. The time period can be adjusted to celebrate in your own way. Maybe a month of love with a daily note. If Monday isn’t the day of the week you want to highlight, maybe your gift is called “Friday Fun.” It works great for any gift-giving occasion from birthdays, to holidays, to that Hallmark-Card-defying-no-occasion-gift. Does it get more personal than this? What a wonderful way to let your mate know that their kind of special is way bigger than a given day on the calendar.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, HUZ!
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