I had been working 16+ hour shifts on a special project for the previous company in which I worked as a program manager. Literally, I was working pretty much every waking hour, many days from home, where I rolled out of bed at 6:00 am worked all day and rolled back to bed at 3:00 am. Still, there really wasn't much of an excuse. Jobs come and go as I have painfully learned, but my mate, my husband, well, he's a keeper!
That fateful night on October 28th, I was working late in my home office. In spite of the repeated calls from upstairs to please come up for dinner, I would call up every so often and say, "one more minute, or just a few minutes more, just let me get one more email out." It was 2 hours before I eventually gave up on email and went upstairs for dinner.
Wandering up into the kitchen I saw Bill standing at the counter, several feet from the table. On the kitchen table was a beautiful, candlelight dinner, the candles obviously having burned for quite some time, as was painfully obvious by the streaming wax down their sides, which puddled onto the table. The food, in spite of having grown cold, smelled wonderful.
"Hey, this is nice," I blurted out. "What's the occasion, or are you feeling sorry for me for having worked so many hours this week?" I laughed, amused by my idiotic humor, and I continued to eye the beautifully set table. I was awfully hungry.
He said nothing, and my doltishness continued.
I walked over to where Bill was standing, ready to give him a big hug of thanks when I noticed a card with my pet name on it AND a dozen long-stemmed, white roses. My face crumpled and my eyes squinted as I, once again, asked what was the occasion. This time, his eyes grew wide and his mouth dropped open, like a little kid that had seen a ghost, or some other horrific, unbelievable sight. Still, he remained patient -- and speechless. But as the moments, which seemed like hours, mounted, a look of horror finally covered my face. Oh my God, it's October 28th, OCTOBER 28TH, OCTOBER FREAKIN' 28TH! October 28th? Our wedding anniversary, and the anniversary of our first date. I don't recall exactly what I said after I realized it was our anniversary, although I do recall muttering in a barely audible tone, "I'm sorry" and "I can't believe this." For which I REALLY couldn't believe it!
"So you admit that your forgot our anniversary" he said, rather flatly, not in an angry tone, but more from a position of disbelief. I nodded, my head slowly sinking to floor level. There really wasn't anything that I could say at this point to redeem myself, nor anything to cover up the fact that I was an ass for forgetting our anniversary. Nothing. There was absolutely nothing I could say or do at that point.
As I stood there in silence I wondered, hey, isn't this something that he's supposed to forget, because he's the "guy" and everyone knows that if someone is going to forget an anniversary, it's the guy, damn it?! I also had to wonder that If the situation had been reversed and he forgot our anniversary, would I be as forgiving as he was now? Probably not, if I was going to be completely honest about it.
I begged him to call me names, call me an ass, tell me how selfish I am, yell at me, scream at me, for God sakes make me feel better, pahleese!!! I cursed him under my breath when he said, quite simply, "It's Okay."
That was a couple of years ago, and, thankfully, I have not forgotten our anniversary since that time (but hey, I'm still young, with many more opportunities to make an ass out of myself).
Today, October 28th 2008, is our 3rd wedding anniversary, and our 13th anniversary of being together. I remember eloping to Yosemite as if it were yesterday.
Sweetheart, if you will kindly go look on the kitchen table there is a card and surprise for you. Happy anniversary.
I Love you, Katherine.