My parent’s THIRTY-SEVENTH wedding anniversary is coming up. Kudos to them! (And more to come on that later.)
In the meantime, here is a list of anniversary gifts by the years. This list has some unexpected things in it.
For the 37th anniversary the traditional gift is … Ready? … Alabaster. Alabaster! What? Wait … what is alabaster?
24 is musical instruments. You’re at that point in your relationship where you know your spouse, possibly better than yourself, and you decide you want to drive him/her crazy.
27 is sculpture … There are, undoubtedly, rich couples out there who have had sculptures made of themselves for this anniversary, and that is great.
44 is groceries … GROCERIES!
46 is “original poetry tribute”
Roses are red
Violets are blue
You forgot the milk
What happened to the you I knew two years ago?
47 is books … And I have a feeling, depending on how 46 went for you, the book may be an idiots guide to poetry.
50 is gold, so hold on folks, you’re going to get the Midas touch one day!
It’s time for me to get you a gift
And it’d better be good if I don’t want a rift
(A word for which I am such a glut)
What about that certain phrase
That we relied upon in younger days
Presenting to a parent a glob of paint
Which would then be praised like a patron saint
Now adulthood is here
(I say with a 3-weeks of vacation a year-sneer)
The glob of paint just won’t do
So now what am I supposed to get for you?
You’re beautiful, you’re wonderful, and I can’t hold you close enough
It’s just I don’t know how to say that with “stuff”
I promise I’ll try though
Until the point where I give up, grab something shiny and angrily say “geez like I know!”
There’s a chance you’ll see my gift and want to pounce
So let’s hope it’s the thought that counts
Brag Post! Homemade Quilt!
For a graduation gift my mom made me a quilt using t-shirts that I got while going to SMU. When she came around for a visit a few weeks ago she brought me the finished product. I had given her a hard time about finishing the quilt quite a bit (it’s what children are for) … so now I’ll have to find something new to bother her about.
I’ll say a few things about the shirts.
SMU is a crazy expensive school, but that also means they have lots of scholarships (phew) AND … exciting news for me – they give out t-shirts for FREE at quite a few events. Yes, FREE t-shirts! By the time I graduated I had collected about 40.
The “fraternity” shirts are for Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a co-ed service fraternity. A friend and I “pledged” (again, not at all a traditional fraternity – it’s purpose is to make friends and volunteer) the second semester of my freshman year. It was one of the better decisions I made while at SMU, and my only regret is that I didn’t stay as active as I should’ve.
The second shirt I’ll point out is at the bottom right, for SMUSH! The SMU Service House. I found out about it through APO and I met some fantastic people there. Actually, most all my friends from college are from APO and SMUSH.
Don’t be fooled by this volunteer stuff – I joined because I wanted friends and there were pretty girls. But I do think volunteering can be fun and more people should do it (although I haven’t done any volunteering in a year so who I’m a preaching dummy).
Lastly, TCU sucks.
Thanks again, ma, for the awesome gift!