In the Beginning


The official “modern” gift for first anniversaries is clocks, so this is what I gave John back in the year 2000 to commemorate one year of marriage.

I had it personalized with the date of our wedding and the inscription, “It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.”

I’m not sure he liked it. In fact, I’m pretty sure he didn’t. He displayed it on his desk for a few years but at some point it was packed in a box and never to be seen again … until I found it while doing more cleaning out this weekend.

It’s the kind of memento that were he still alive and were we still together we’d chuckle about. “Oh, remember how bad that first year was?” one of us might say. “If we only knew there would be even harder to come we might not have thought then was so hard,” the other might reply.


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