While I will have you know I did not forget Wendy/My one year anniversary, I did forget to buy her a card. Cards don't really seem important to men I suppose, or at least not me. I figured there are so many different types of cards out there that it makes it hard to decide how to send your message, but given the medium, I am freed from this constraint. Thus, here are variety of different cards to Wendy on our anniversary. The first is above. I call it the Dawson's Creek edition. I am not sure why, except that it really seems like this card would have been really hip during the time period when Dawson's Creek was on TV. I could be off on this since I never watched that show, but this card has a real turn of the millenium appeal to me. The late 90's was not really a good time for me personally, so this card is no good.
I call this card "Nature Boy". As a waspy preppy-type, I like the tasteful, minimalistic style as well as the sweet pink background that I feel would be a good color for a pair of pants or maybe a hat. The downside with this card is that it looks like something that every grandmother you've ever met has framed in her bathroom to compliment the matching floral wallpaper and decrotive soap. I seriously cannot see myself writing anything inside this card to send to Wendy. Even if it was the most meaningful thing ever I would still look at this card and feel like my "Gran" should have glued a dollar bill to the inside.
I call this card the Patriot. It says: "Happy Anniversay! It's been an amazing year of getting to know you and fighting terrorism!" Now that I look at this card it just says congratulations, but whatever- I feel like this card could only conceivably be used as an invite to a Fourth of July party thrown by someone from Kansas. Plus, now that I think about it some more- this card came up under a search for Anniversary cards and it says "congratulations". That seems kind of mean doesn't it? I am not sure whether that would be really arrogant or really condescending- like "Congratulations! you've put up with me for a whole year!" Hmm...on second thought this could potentially be a contender.
I call this one- new years eve wedding. I don't understand this theme. Maybe it's because I am too young or something, but it does not seem romantic at all. Plus, it does not really seem to make very much sense...shouldn't there be holding hands or something, maybe some swans frolicing? I feel like this one is like -- "We've been together X years, let's PAR-TEE!!" Moving on...
At first glance I thought this one looked kind of classy. Then I was like, "wait a minute..." It's two bottles of Champagne- as an, one for each person. Basically you are saying: "We've been together X. God, I've got to get smashed!" Sort of like the last one, I am not very into the message it is sending.
I just threw this in for giggles since I am not Jewish. Funny enough, this is probably the most neutral card so far. The thing I can't understand as someone who isn't jewish though is why you'd want a card with a religious symbol on it for an anniversary. I mean, I don't see people sending cards with crosses or Buhda's on them. I guess it's a jewish thing.
In the end- no card is really right for what I want to say or should say to Wendy. I don't feel like our relationship can be summed up by something I buy at CVS and write a few short lines in and sign. We've been together for a year, which is longer than I've ever been with anyone else. It has been a tremendous journey we've taken together. You've changed my life and you've become extremely important to me. More importantly, you continue to challenge me, love me, support me and I am extremely grateful for those things.
I love you and I hope that this first year is just the beginning.