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  • You Know You’ve Been Married Eight Years When

    October 26, 2006

    Your spouse brings home your anniversary dinner in a take-out container
    and you are just happy that you don’t have to cook
    and even happier that you don’t have to clean up.

    You gaze across the table at your partner
    over your child’s head
    who is sitting in your lap and audibly passing gas
    and it doesn’t even ruin your appetite.

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    In a curious juxtaposition, the flowers that he brought home
    are sitting on the table
    amid a pile of socks and underwear
    waiting to be folded, since yesterday.

    You’re aware that you’ve used the word juxtaposition.

    It’s 6pm and you are wearing flannel pajama bottoms
    and a shirt with macaroni stuck to it.
    You are happy that you didn’t have to get cleaned up to go out
    because it’s too much work
    For a Tuesday night.

    To reward him for putting up with you for eight years
    you give him a package of M&Ms
    which you will eat tomorrow after he leaves for work.
    He gives you a gift certificate for an expensive spa package.

    You promise yourself you will give him his “real” present tonight,
    the one he really wants,
    after the kid goes to sleep.
    But you are both too tired.

    So you drift off to sleep
    in his arms
    thanking God for a good man,
    a patient man,
    a sweet life.
    another day,
    another year.


    1. EaglesWings says:

      Amen Sister!
      Congratulations – on 8 years!

      October 26th, 2006 at 6:56 am

    2. Laurel Wreath says:

      “the one he really wants,
      after the kid goes to sleep.
      But you are both too tired.”

      THANK GOD THAT IS NOT JUST in my household. I always feel like the worst wife in the world when that happens!!!!

      October 26th, 2006 at 7:53 am

    3. Shannon @ Rocks in my Dryer says:

      Snorting with laughter over the M&Ms (says the girl who ate HALF a bag of Halloween candy yesterday)…

      October 26th, 2006 at 8:22 am

    4. Shalee says:

      You are dripping with truth and wisdom here AM. And I pulled the same thing with Mr. Right, only it was a small box of truffles. I think he got the first one out of the box…

      October 26th, 2006 at 9:00 am

    5. PeanutButtersMum says:

      Wow! How true it is! We’ve only been married 6 years and yet I bet I could write something almost identical! I especially like the part about being too tired! 😉

      October 26th, 2006 at 10:02 am

    6. chilihead says:

      That kind of love is sweet and true. I just WISH mine were too tired. 😉

      October 26th, 2006 at 11:14 am

    7. jen says:

      I have done the M&M’s gift and done what you did….eat them the next day…because of course you are the one that is in the house alllllll the time.

      October 26th, 2006 at 11:28 am

    8. Jess R says:

      I love this! I’ve been married only 3 years (together for almost 7), but I can relate. 🙂

      October 26th, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    9. Binky says:

      now that is real life, sweetly recounted. Thanks for making me smile and apppreciate the regular moments.

      October 26th, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    10. Sarah says:

      Congratulations on surviving eight years! That’s an achievement you both deserve M&M’s for 😉

      October 26th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    11. Christina says:

      Ain’t that the truth.

      October 27th, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    12. Audrey says:

      I love this post. It is so beautiful and true and reflective of just how deeply you and your husband love each other. I hope my husband and I are just as happy as you two are 7 years from now.

      October 27th, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    13. Pendullum says:

      That has tobeoneof the best anniversary blogs I have everread!
      Happy Anniversary!

      October 27th, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    14. stacey says:

      Happy Anniversary! We’re at six and a half years so we’re almost there : )

      October 27th, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    15. Aunt Murry says:


      October 27th, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    16. kellygirl says:

      We have been married 9 years now an that is all so very familiar! I gave my hubby a pack of the new dark chocolate m&m’s last night but made him share with me (he was willing) cause they were ‘New’. And the whole thing about being too tired…oh, yeah!

      October 27th, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    17. Marti says:

      Happy Anniversary AM and AD! And thanks for giving your readers a gift – your writing is always hilarious, self-depricating, and graceful.

      October 28th, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    18. molly says:

      This was a good one.

      October 28th, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    19. katherine @raisingfive says:

      Happy anniversary! I’m so glad I got to meet you this weekend. You really didn’t need to move the laundry just for us! That part doesn’t change with time – only the size of the socks and underwear (the kid’s, not yours, hopefully!).

      October 30th, 2006 at 9:16 am

    20. Tammy says:

      Oh, you painted a picture of my life, on one of our anniversaries…so sweet and real, love it.

      October 30th, 2006 at 10:19 am

    21. Elise says:

      How very very real this post is! I love it!
      Thanks for the encouragement – we’re skating perilously close to several of these encounters – especially the too tired example – and it’s so good to hear that it’s not abnormal, and yet it can still be sweet.

      October 30th, 2006 at 12:29 pm

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