Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The tiny box.

I caught my breath when he handed me the tiny gift. It was wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a tiny bow.

"Happy Anniversary," he said.

"A gift? For me? But I didn't get you anything. We never exchange gifts," I stammered.

"Don't get excited.  It isn't much," he replied.

I held the tiny package in my hand, wondering what it could be.  Is it a charm, a locket?  A ring?  A ring! I held my breath as I began to gently remove the paper from the tiny box.

What if I don't like it, I thought to myself.  What if he spent too much money? Why didn't I get him something? He knows we don't exchange gifts.  My mind was racing.  It was the excitement of such a tiny package.  Or maybe it was the wine.

As I opened the tiny box, a small sheet of folded paper slipped out and onto the table.

I unfolded the paper.  I saw his familiar scrawl and read the words.   

Anniversary ring/Engagement ring upgrade.

I smiled, moved that he remember I had said long ago, before kids and mortgage payments and college funds, that I had wanted a diamond anniversary ring on our 10 year anniversary.

I thanked him for the gift and told him that I was touched by such a sweet gift.

I know that this anniversary isn't the one where I will be upgrading my engagement ring or getting an anniversary ring.  Maybe the 20th or the 25th.  Maybe never.  Really though, it doesn't even matter.

As I was unpacking from our trip, Sarah picked up the box, opened it, saw the tiny note and said, "That's it? That's all you got?"

"That's all I needed."

7 comments:

Mari said...

That is so sweet!

RR Mama said...

Happy Anniversary! What a very sweet gift! And I bet that is the one you will always have the most cherised memories of.

Grandma T said...

Oh how we love that sweet, sweet man!

Heather said...

that would mean more to me than any diamond. Besides you don't have to worry about losing it....

rhemashope said...

'I know that this anniversary isn't the one where I will be upgrading my engagement ring or getting an anniversary ring. Maybe the 20th or the 25th. Maybe never. Really though, it doesn't even matter.'

yes! because you already have what matters! God bless you both!

Anna See said...

So sweet!

Jaina said...

Awww, that just made me melt. Happy Anniversary!