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January 1, 2012

We’ve grown to anticipate and look forward to anniversary hardship if not disaster. Vivid memories do not stem from experiences that go the way you want them to. This year was a bit of a let down in that regard, but not a complete loss. We had big plans to hire our first teenaged babysitter so we could go out for brunch. (I don’t really trust anyone who has not yet successfully navigated puberty to navigate the dinner hour with small children.)

Being a high school teacher, J.D. has the advantage of screening all potential sitters. He knows which ones we’d be paying ten dollars an hour to text and which ones would have to google “Heimlich”.

James was completely thrilled with the idea of a teenage girl coming to play with him – and subsequently crushed when we failed to secure a teenage girl. We appeased him with bacon, and had brunch at home.

Colleen happened to call a little later and J.D. happened to mention the failed anniversary plans. Colleen (who accepts failure much less readily than J.D. and I ) would have none of it and graciously ordered that we drop our children on hers and Jeff’s doorstep immediately. We did, and had a very pleasant dinner that cost about as much as three days worth of groceries. (In Whitehorse, you either dine on coupons you get in the mail or you eat pasta that costs four dollars per bite. )

We returned to Colleen and Jeff’s to get the kids and thanked them for saving our anniversary. Colleen was like, “No problem. But with your history of terrible anniversaries, I sure hope you don’t drive your car into a ditch on the way home.”

Thanks to Colleen, we were relieved to find that our anniversary disaster was only a frozen fuel line and non-functioning  furnace. We put the kids to bed in their snow suits and  warmed our wedding rings by the heat of the oven.

Happy New Year!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary Caudle permalink
    January 1, 2012 12:57 pm

    …Fom this end, a funny, entertaining story about your best plans taking a wrong turn…the unspoken yet obvious message in your story is that you both embrace marriage with a wholesome dose of adventure and healthy humour— we wish you a lifetime of creating beautiful memories together. Happy anniversary! Love you both, G & G

  2. Phil! permalink
    January 4, 2012 11:13 am

    Happy Anniversary you wonderful married couple you! Can’t wait to see you next!

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