Earlier this month, Pete & I had our Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary. It was a Wednesday, so I had to work. Often times, we don't even get each other a present. We just acknowledge and mark another year under our belt. But this year seemed special.
So, when I came in from work, I asked Pete "You want to exchange presents before or after church tonight?" He told me that I wasn't getting his now. So I asked if he minded if I went ahead and gave him his gift. And he didn't. So I did. I got him a nice camera with some good ZOOM. He loves to take pictures of birds, squirrels and everything else. Hope I can get him interested in sharing some on a blog of his own. He seemed tickled and pleased with his gift.
We got ready and went on to church. Just so happened our anniversary fell on our church's Business Meeting and Birthday Social night. We have the business meeting, then we sing Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to all who are celebrating that month and then adjurn to the fellowship hall for ice cream and cake.
We're both happy to have our 30th fall on the very night. When the business is concluded the pastor calls for the anniversaries to come forward. There's about five couples total lined up in the front of the sanctuary. Then the pastor says something about someone wants to say something before they sing to us. And the next thing I know Pete is pulling a little blue velvet box out of his shirt pocket and opening it in front of me. As he does this he is saying "for putting up with me all these years." Inside is a simple and elegant white gold anniversary ring with a leave design on the top of the band with diamonds in every leaf and diamonds between each leaf!!
People, my little redneck man done good!! He made a memory I will cherish as long as and even after the beautiful ring.