April 17, 2012

At five years

New Hats

The traditional gift for the fifth wedding anniversary is something made of wood. All the gifts of the first five years relate to setting-up the home, from paper to linens to wood, they represent the basic materials of domestic life. According to the self-help books, the first five years are the cornerstone to a successful, life-long marriage. This may be true, but for us, it is more about the everyday and less about milestones and gifts.

On our anniversary day this year, we painted our garage and went to a roller-derby tournament, treating the day like any other Saturday. Granted, we had just returned from a week vacation in San Francisco, where we sailed in the bay, bought new hats and enjoyed some leisurely travel adventures. The idea of our anniversary was a background note to living our life together. It worked out well that we could travel, sail and spend time with friends, all activities mentioned in our wedding vows, but this was more coincidence than good planning.

If nothing else, our anniversary this year reminded me that life is good and that I’m looking forward to many more days turning into years.


  1. Even if it isn’t mainly about milestones, congratulations are still in order! Interesting how paper and linens and wood all biodegrade – when do the the anniversary gifts get more permanent?

    Comment by M. — April 18, 2012 @ 1:09 am

  2. Thank you! In the US, year 6 is Iron but in the UK metal doesn’t appear until year 9, Copper.

    Comment by Marijka — April 18, 2012 @ 8:23 am

  3. Congrats on 5 years! It’s coming up soon for us too!

    Comment by Jeff — April 18, 2012 @ 9:16 am

  4. Congrats! Happy memories of that day in Florida…
    and I’m glad we had such perfect weather for sailing on the bay!

    Comment by Arielle — April 18, 2012 @ 10:47 am

  5. Nice chapeaux! You look hale, hearty and happy! Congratulations! Time flies when you are in love and living well. Cheers to many more happy years to come.

    Comment by Steph — April 18, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  6. Thanks everyone!

    Comment by Marijka — April 19, 2012 @ 8:39 am

  7. 5 years already! To a great couple, many more happy years. (ps I want to be a roller derby chick!)

    Comment by Rosemarie — May 13, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

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