Traditional Anniversary Gifts


Mr. B. & I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago, in our typically low-key way.  We went out for a quiet dinner; but then again, nearly all our dinners are quiet, since we are both quiet people who are content to be with one another in a comfortable silence. (There’s a line in E.M. Forster’s short story “The Celestial Omnibus” which I always think of: “But they did not chatter much, for the boy, when he liked a person, would as soon sit silent in his company as speak …”)

It’s always seemed odd to me that the”official” guidelines for anniversary gifts sputter out after the 15th anniversary, except for the anniversaries ending in zeroes & fives.  You’d think that a couple married for more than 15 years would deserve gifts –even weird ones — for that accomplishment.


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