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Not Your Everyday Anniversary Story

by Mrs. Angela S. Bell - Dickinson, Texas

My story is not really your everyday, traditional anniversary story, however; it was a real eye-opener for my husband and I.

My husband and I will celebrate 11 years of marriage, on May 25, 2006.

Last year we attended an outing with my husbands brother and his wife at one of the popular local restaurants. I thought my sister-in-law was behaving a tad strange, but I didn't dwell on her actions for long. Later, in the evening, my sister-in-law announced they were expecting a new baby. We all laughed, and giggled and congratulated the happy couple. After the excitement calmed a bit, I started to talk to my sister-in-law about the usual stuff, i.e., boy or girl, etc., etc. I then asked when she was due, she said around mid December. I started counting in my head, and realized I was sitting in a restaurant on May 25, 2005, our 10th wedding anniversary. I said the date aloud, and my husband and I looked at each other at the same time, realizing we'd totally forgotten our own anniversary. We stayed a little longer, then bid farewell to our relatives. The evening was fun, but it was not what we'd planned, or should have planned for our 10th anniversary. We were certainly happy to learn of the new baby, but the thought of us forgetting our own 10th anniversary was a bit unsettling.

Since that time, we've vowed never, ever to become so busy that we forget the important things in life. After we got home, we talked long into the evening about how we'd become so distracted from things like anniversaries and birthdays, and all the little things that make life so much fun. We are planning to do our 11th anniversary justice. I only hope this will be a reminder to the very busy and very married couples who read this.

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