Last year, for our fifth, Marcus and I threw an enormous party full of friends and family, yes, but also photographers, acquaintances, fashionistas, and journalists.
As a consequence, this year we decided to dial things back as far as possible…
We spent our actual anniversary with the children–Mira made us a lovely salmon supper, which we ate off iron plates, imparting wisdom and strength into the next year of our marriage. J made us dessert (a pile of marshmallows covered in chocolate syrup and sprinkles) and drew us a portrait. After supper we cleared things away and snuggled the hell out of them both while Mira practiced her reading skills on a selection of love poems. Perfection.
After that, Marc and I O. Henry’d each other.
We do this every. year. without. fail. Our gifts always cancel each other out.
For instance, this year Marc made me the most beautiful dressing gown I’ve ever seen. It’s grey and silver and charcoal with dusty rose quilted silk for an interior lining, and the whole geometric exterior is covered in the golden moons of Minerva, as our anniversary falls on Quinquatria.
But I, knowing my love hates to be cold, bought two days of privacy at the tropical resort we haunted back when we were fledgling, unknown ghosts, newly venturing from our host and learning the energetic joy of afterlife intimacy.
Not exactly the place for a dressing gown, the tropics…
Even though I had to leave the housecoat at home, though, we had a lovely time of it. We paid off the staff at the resort, set up a security detail to keep telephoto lenses out of our business, and found our original slip of beach with the little cabin in the dunes. We didn’t see a single soul for forty-eight hours. Bliss.
After that we ventured into the nearby town, sunburnt…sandburnt…and exhausted, and had the most delicious coconut-laced meal. Marc told everyone we were on vacation for our Sexy-ennial–*eyebrow waggle*–and yet I still love him. In fact, I almost think it’s funny, such is his ridiculous influence on me.
…alright, it’s funny.
Now it’s back to the real world again, for another year hand in hand with my husband. We sat down over wine and made out a list of relationship goals, things silly, sexy, and serious, and pinned them to the bedroom mantle.
I haven’t taken off my dressing gown since I arrived home…I’m torn between sleeping in the thing or hanging it and brushing it out every night like a valet. I love it so much.
Marc says I look like a wizard in it.
And so goes the sixth anniversary. On to year seven.