You know those single-serve packets you get at fast food restaurants? Ketchup, jelly, hot sauce, etc. I met a guy on a plane once who explained to me his theory on those mini-relationships you make with people in life. The ones where you hit it off with a stranger in the DMV line or in my case standing at the shore line at the beach watching my kids play in the ocean. I made a single-serve friend.
I will never forget what she told me about the reason for her beach vacation. She shared with me that she and her husband had just celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary. She said, early on in their relationship they decided they would make a much bigger deal of anniversaries than birthdays. She explained that unless you die, the birthdays keep coming year over year. Anniversaries however, took work. Marriage is work. These days a marriage lasting beyond 7 years is rare. Multiple divorces is common. And so, she said, wedding anniversaries were a major celebration in their house!
I do not remember her name. I can't even remember her face. But her words resonate with me still today.
Today I celebrate 20 years of marriage with my husband Howie. We have been through every up and down imaginable. I tell people with great pride that I've been married for 20 years. I think it's a really big deal! If you are married I encourage you to celebrate every year in your marriage too!