Happy Anniversary, Lisa · 13 July 2007

Happy Anniversary, Lisa. In the eleven years since we have been married, we have not spent our anniversary apart. Until this year.

Even though we usually just celebrate our anniversary by saying, “Happy Anniversary,” to each other and then enjoying each other’s company doing everyday things, I miss being together. I miss that we do not get to say the words in person. I just miss you. After all, that was why we got married in the first place. We wanted to be together for the rest of our lives. Even if we do not do anything exciting on our anniversary.

On our first anniversary, I wanted to start a tradition so we went to the bakery where our wedding cake was made. Do you remember that? You asked me where we were going and I said it was a surprise. I have since figured out that you do not like surprises but you said that trip down to Alki Beach was a romantic gesture. “Just don’t do it again,” you said. Whether I mistook that sentiment as a request not to go to the bakery every year instead of the demand that I not surprise you is irrelevant since we have not gone to the wonderful bakery since then. Maybe when the gas prices go down and we can afford the trip from Monroe to Alki Beach, we can go have some wedding cake again.

Since that first anniversary, we have dreamed of a special tenth anniversary trip to Paris, France but virtually ignored all the other anniversaries. Maybe ignore is the wrong word. We have treated the day as a special day in our life that does not need any hoopla. No presents. No special outings. Just the words, “Happy Anniversary” and time together are enough to celebrate another year of marital bliss.

As I write this, I wonder. Maybe we have been remiss in not celebrating our anniversary in more dramatic fashion. Maybe we need to make sure to go out on the town. Maybe we need to show the kids that marriage is something special to be celebrated. Then again, maybe we are doing it the right way. Maybe birthdays are the times for presents and special treats. Anniversaries are occasions to reflect on the time we have had together and dream and plan for the times to come. Maybe it is best that we just treat anniversaries as wonderful milestones in our life thus far but not special occasions because each day together is a treat. I do not know which way is better but I do know that I love you and look forward to the rest of our lives together.

Well, I hope that the way we have come to celebrate our anniversaries is not disappointing to you. I wish that we had been together for this one as we have been and plan to be for the rest. I know that you still want to go to Paris for one of our anniversaries. I hope that we can get there one of these years. Still, regardless of where we spend our anniversary, just being with you is special. Whether we celebrate at the Eiffel Tower or at a restaurant in Monroe or just at home, I look forward to many more anniversaries with you.

Happy anniversary, Lisa.

© 2007 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Published 10 July 2007 in The Monroe Monitor & Valley News
Published 12 July 2007 in The RiverCurrentNews


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