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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)

TITLE: Anniversaries Are Important
By Carnation NS


Anniversaries are important. Forget one and it would take you lots of effort to be forgiven by whoever you have offended with your forgetfulness. I have learned this early in life.

My parents always celebrated their wedding anniversaries. Whether it was just a small meal and a small gift from my Dad to my Mom, everyone felt happy. They never really had that big fanfare though. I always remember the excitement we kids had when Dad would secretly buy a gift for my Mom, and surprise her with it. My Mom would cook some special dish for lunch and dinner. It was a family celebration.

When we were older, Dad would ask us secretly to go buy something for my Mom. He did this especially so that my Mom would not suspect that he was up to something. He would even act that he had forgotten about that day, and my Mom would start to feel upset, thinking that had forgotten. And then when the day came, surprise, surprise! He would give his special gift, kiss my Mom, and tickle her until she would cry STOP!

I remember one time when it was my turn to buy. My Dad told me to get Mom a Spanish fan a few days before their anniversary. So off to the shop I went to choose a nice looking Spanish fan. Women love this kind of fan. It gives them some kind of status if they have this fan, probably because it is more expensive. The one I chose was made of cream-colored lace, with a shell frame. And it was also perfumed, which made it more expensive. I had it wrapped in a special wrapper. When I arrived home, my parents were in the garden together so I had to keep it first in my room. I was so excited as I knew that I had a secret and I was afraid I would not be able to keep it. Of course, I told my sisters about it and sworn them to secrecy.

My parents have been married for 43 years. And they are still together. And I thank God that despite the difficulties they have faced all these years, they are still together. They have vowed before God and men to remain married and they have been faithful to fulfill this vow. They have vowed to be together for better or for worse, and I have witnessed those times that they have stuck together. In sickness and in health, they had been supporting each other. In plenty and in want, they have enjoyed the bounty and sacrificed when there was nothing.

Their anniversaries get more meaningful year by year as they look back and reflect on the things they have gone through. They couldn’t have gone through this on their own. God is always with them, giving them wisdom and guidance as they go through life day by day.

Anniversaries are indeed important as they give us the opportunity to praise and thank God for getting us through life year by year, and enabling and empowering us to live as His children in this earth.

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Sonja Stotts04/18/05
Good story. I enjoyed reading of your parents love for each other. Keep up the good work
Joyce Simoneaux04/24/05
If only all marriages were this strong, what a wonderful world this would be indeed.