You know what one of the coolest things about getting married was? All those amazing gifts. At no other time in my life have I ever received that much loot at once. Not my graduation, not the birth of my babies, definitely not my birthdays.
And people were really generous. I didn't get junk I got high quality stuff that has lasted nearly a decade and a half. Sheets that have lasted through years of "luv", vases that held my first bouquets from Chris and all the subsequent wildflowers and twigs that each child has presented to me, and appliances that have survived my newlywed cooking skills (or lack thereof) as well as the heavy use required to feed six people for years.
But when we reached the 14 year mark of our marriage things started falling apart. Vases began to break, sheets were worn thin, towels were looking pretty raggedy and appliances started busting. In the last week alone my blender and my food processor are, alas, no more.
I was looking up statistics the other day and I found that only 57% of marriages make it past the 8 year mark. So I'm feeling pretty good about beating the odds. I like being above average. It makes me feel good in all sorts of shallow ways. But my only thought was, "Why should I have to pay the price of worn out kitchen appliances for a nice long marriage?" I think we should get all new stuff if we pass the 8 year mark.
So I'm thinking of renewing my vows so I can get a new food processor.
See....my priorities are still in tact, right?
***this is SO tongue in cheek....I told you I was rusty.