We’re not the most romantic couple in the world, and don’t tend to make that much to do about our anniversary, but with the 25th looming next year, seems like we should do something.
The family asked about us having a party. Possibly because I mentioned to my sister about possibly having a party. “Don’t the kids organize the party?” asked my brother. Funny brother. (We don’t have kids, for those who don’t know.)
My friends assume we’ll take a trip somewhere. But, we kind of do that every year, don’t we? “A special trip.” Hmm. What would that be—and what’s not special about our current trips?
Also, does that mean my friends wouldn’t come to a party?
Actually, geography makes the whole party idea a bit tricky. Family is mostly up north. Friends are mostly not. I don’t see the bulk of either group travelling the 10 hours needed to get from one place to the other, so it’s a choice of family party or friend party.
Or, having two parties.
Hmm. What does Google say.
- Change things up at home. Paint the bedroom wall or rearrange your living room furniture.
Because, sure, what is more wonderful and romantic than doing home renovations.
- Do something especially romantic at home. Read poetry to each other by candlelight, for instance.
Yeah. No. Big no.
- Have a day of service — to each other. If you usually cook and your spouse mows the lawn, switch jobs for the day.
Again with the doing chores, Yahoo? And anyway, after 25 years, if you haven’t figured out your household labour division in a way that doesn’t leave you feeling resentful and wishing you could switch, then I don’t how you made it that far.
- Have a day of service — to others. Do something charitable, whether it’s making a donation somewhere, or serving dinner at a shelter.
OK, I’ll drop the snark, as that is a lovely idea. For better people than we are.
- If you’re going to travel, make it an adventure. Hike the Grand Tetons, go whitewater rafting, or learn to scuba dive.
Wait, did Jean write that one?
- Have a party, but make it sort of retro. You were married in the 1990s after all! Event planner Jason Jani, owner of the SCE Event Group, suggests making a playlist of songs from the year you were married and showing videos from the wedding. And if you still have your dress, wear it.
… Hmm, I don’t hate this one. But it in no way solves the geography problem. And I can’t see planning two nineties parties.
Suppose I’ll just put off thinking about this again, for now.
Did I mention that I’m also turning 50 next year?