7.12.2010

Seven-Year Ditch


Seven years ago yesterday, Joe and I entered into the doors of the Logan, Utah LDS temple and made covenants with each other and our Heavenly Father that sealed us together as man and wife for time and eternity. It was a beautiful day, in every way. I will never forget it...

Until yesterday!

Yesterday, I totally spaced it was our actual anniversary! The only thing that reminded me was Joe sending me a text from work: Well it's official! Happy anniversary!

WHAT?! He can't be the one to remember and me forget! That's just not how it works...at least not in every TV sitcom and comic strip. Wife FAIL.

Well, truth be told, I didn't completely fail. I remembered for months before that our anniversary was coming up. I tried to plan and prepare and save in hopes of creating a special romantic weekend getaway for our anniversary. But all my little plans crumbled like the crackers shoved in every nook and cranny of our couch. It's the thought that counts, right? At least that's what I keep telling myself today.

No bed and breakfast or theme-room hotels. No rose-petal strewn paths or mountain top dessert by candlelight. Just a regular old date night of dinner and a movie last Friday. Boring and reliable, but still always nice to get away from the kids for a bit.

I remember when we first got married we would go on date nights and see elderly couples sitting and eating. No conversation. No starry-eyed gazing into each other's eyes. Just eating and staring off in the distance. Boring and reliable. I would always plead with Joe, "Let's not allow ourselves to slip into that rut, okay?"

Fast forward to last Friday night. Every where we went for our date night, we were surrounded by senior citizens. And I'm talking about senior citizens of the elderly persuasion. Born pre-WW2. And they partied harder than we did. A couple wobbled in and sat at the table next to us in the steak restaurant we had chosen for dinner. Immediately they ordered gin on the rocks and some kind of fancy martini. Woah! Grandma and Grandpa are gearing up for a wild Friday night.

At the movie theater, we purchased tickets to Knight and Day thanks to the suggestion of the teenage cinema employee. But I had to question our movie guide's choice when we found ourselves literally sardined on every side by octogenarians. I liked the movie, but apparently not as much as the elders belly-laughing long and loud all around us. With all the unrealistic action scenes, shooting, high-speed chase scenes, and explosions...Really???

I am so confused. What happened to us??? We used to be cool...ish. How did we get so boring that we fit in perfectly with the senior citizen crowd? And in only seven years?!

Next year, maybe we'll just order take-in and watch the Lawrence Welk Show wrapped up in our matching Snuggies. We'll leave the real partying to the experts.

11 comments:

Patty Ann said...

don't worry, you don't have to party for life to be fun. One of the best anniversary gifts we did one year was go to a resort hotel (In 115 degrees, we got a great deal) stay in the room and play board games together. We enjoyed getting away from the stresses of everyday life and really had a quiet, peaceful weekend. We might not have partied, but I got a much needed break and so did he! Partying is way over rated anyway! (at least, that is what my kids tell me!)

{leah} said...

our anniversaries are always a bust... I really dont' even plan anything any more. The husband has been at training more than one time... or deployed, or I'm pregnant... I guess I'm just lucky to know that he loves me all year long and not on just one day a year. At least you know that you'll remember the night you had with you hubby.... probably not so much with the couple downing shots... :)


happy anniversay BTW!!!!

Myya said...

Sammer & I compain about being old & routine too. It happens... BUT my hope is that when the kids are old enough to stay home or at least not have me attached to them at the hip then we will become cool again. Yeah I know, who am I kidding!

Myya said...

Happy Anniversary! I put it on FB but I forgot to tell you here.

Cannwin said...

And then you hit 9 years and have to make lists of things to do with each other because if you don't all you'll do is watch movies in bed every day for a year!

Jodi said...

Happy Anniversary!

P.S. I may have nightmares about the people in that last picture!:)

Lind Family said...

I love this post! You are such a good writer and I sat and chuckled the whole time I read it. J and I are in the same boat and feel the same way. Amazing how seven years can do that to you. By the way, Happy Anniversary and we'll be sharing ours in a couple of weeks! Love ya, girl!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Happy anniversary! You need to quit going out to eat at four p.m. though - that's your trouble. ;)

Sami said...

I can't believe you forgot your anniversary! I mean, I can, but that's too funny! You were just telling me about it a couple weeks ago, so I thought for sure you'd remember.
We tend to celebrate things like that on different days, because the actual day doesn't always work out. I think we're really going to celebrate our last anniversary in March of next year. It's the thought that counts, right?

Sami said...

Oh. And Happy Anniversary! Is all your stuff breaking? When we hit 7 years, all of a sudden, everything we got for our wedding was breaking...

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Happy 7 years!... Late.

And I think I've become much more boring and uncool since marrying my husband. Not much of a social bug that one. And he says it is so.

Oh and that picture is just down-right frightening. :D

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