Our 18th anniversary was on June 11th. Know what we did to celebrate?
Want to know why?
My husband was in the middle of a ten-day quarantine due to having COVID.
That's right. He was sick and so we didn't even get close to each other that day. No hugs or kisses. Not even a little finger squeeze in passing.
And I never want to celebrate an anniversary that way again.
If you know me, though, you know I can't let a day like that go by without doing SOMETHING.
So, we had beignets for breakfast (besides, I was about to launch my book that had a scene where they eat beignets, so the timing was perfect). And we had chocolate lava cakes with ice cream that evening after kids were in bed.
And then, several weeks later, when everyone was well again, we got a sitter and spent the afternoon book shopping and then enjoyed dinner out at a nice restaurant.
The date didn't happen on our anniversary like originally planned. And it's no fun to not be able to kiss your husband on such a special occasion. But it wasn't the end of the world, either.
Because we promised "in SICKNESS and in health," and we've definitely been through both this last year. We take care of each other, and love each other (even if it's from a distance) through it all, and then we celebrate in a special way when we can. It's not about when you celebrate. Or even how. It's that you do.
Because marriage isn't only about the good moments. Or the times that work out exactly as planned. It's about everything in between, too. And sticking with it until you can have those extra-sweet moments.
When plans change--as they often do--roll with it and enjoy a date another time. It might end up even sweeter simply because you had to wait for it. ;)
Have you ever had plans change and had to move something you'd been looking forward to? How do you love your spouse through it ALL and not just the good moments?
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