This Sunday marks 18 years of (sarcasm and) bliss. ;) Here's hoping and praying we have many more years of happiness. I can't remember what the traditional gift for 18 years is , or there even is one... I was thinking it's probably something like steak knives.
Then again, giving each other something sharp and pointy at this stage in the game could be risky, so I may modify it to something like a ream of paper or a roll of quarters.
So, here are 13 benefits to being married for 18 years. The first few marked with a * are by my cell mate, soul mate, and love of my life. :D The text in italics is my commentary on his remarks.
1. *18 years of marriage = 18 years of anecdotes. (I'm guessing that means you have plenty of material to embarrass each other with)
2. *It's way past feeling like dating (and more like a prison sentence?), it's a more secure relationship.
3. *You have someone that you know will help you when you screw up. (Man, this one is soooo true... for both of us)
4. *Bodily functions aren't an issue anymore, it's a fact of life... and a good source of entertainment. (Aren't an issue for who?)
5. I know a lot of people would disagree with me on this one but- You aren't afraid to use the bathroom in front each other anymore.
6. You can usually differentiate between a tiff and a really bad fight by now, gauged by the level of each others deafening silence.
7. And , usually you have figured out how to get yourself out that sort of mess, because you've had lots of practice.
8. Hopefully buy now, you have a grip on how to handle your in-laws. (Somewhat, but not quite)
9. You don't have to worry about who you're going to eat dinner with on a Friday night.
10. Being able to laugh at each other without hurting each others feeling, because by now you've pretty much figured out what's appropriate to laugh at and whats not.
11. Learning to let the past mistakes go, and move on.
12. Experiencing love, real love (for the first time in my life) through good times and bad.
13. Not being able to imagine what life would be like without each other, and hoping for many more years together.