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November 15th, 2004


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05:07 pm - Fifteen Years Yesterday
You know, you really should remember your own anniversary. Or, if not, at least you should remember the ones that end in 5 or zero. Those are the biggies, after all.



So, today was my Mom's birthday. Uncharacteristically for me, I remembered it, AND, I remembered it ON her birthday, AND remembered to call her to wish her happy birthday. (Usually I get one out of three or so.) I actually called earlier, but she was out and about doing research at some Indian reservation for her Anthropology class, and I had to leave a message. When she got home, she called back, and we chatted for a bit.

Suddenly, it hit me: my anniversary is the day before Mom's birthday.

I shrieked, "Oh my GOD, yesterday was my anniversary!"

"Did you forget it?" Mom asked.

"Oh my GOD, I totally forgot it. I forgot my FIFTEENTH anniversary! I can't believe it." I was freaking out.

"I'm surprised Charlie didn't remember," Mom exclaimed in shock. After all, Charlie's the one who usually remembers stuff like this.

"Well ..." I said, "He did offer to take me out to the Gold & Silver for pie yesterday. Maybe he remembered and wanted to do something nice for me for our anniversary."

We chatted a bit longer, then said our goodbyes and I hung up. I still couldn't believe I'd completely forgotten our anniversary. I decided I was going to pretend to believe that Charlie did remember, and the pie thing was his way of celebrating.

I went out to the carport where Charlie was preparing to put new struts on our new (used) car.

"Hey, honey," I said.

"Yes," he muttered from under the car.

"You know what?"

He came out from under the car for a second and looked at me. "What?" he asked.

I went over to him, and knelt down beside him. Gently, I took him in my arms and said, "We've been married for 15 years..."

I paused, gazing into his eyes, and continued, "And one day."

"Oh, shit, I totally forgot!" he yelled. "I am so sorry!"

He looked so crestfallen I had to suppress a grin. "I figured that's why you took me out yesterday -- 'cause it was our anniversary, and you wanted to do something nice for me."

"No, I just totally forgot," he said, "I can't believe it. I am so sorry."

"Well, I'll just take the pie as my anniversary present, and we'll call it done," I said.

"Glad it worked out well for you then," he said a bit doubtfully.

I giggled, and he disappeared back under the car muttering.

I went back into the house, grinning at the thought of another fifteen years.

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From:cookiegirlie
Date:November 16th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)
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Y'all are perfect for each other.


* falls over *
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 16th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC)
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Hahaha! He swears he must have subconsciously remembered because of the pie thing.

I told him he's lucky he's not married to one of those gals that gets bent out of shape if you forget birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's day, etc.

On the other hand, he usually DOES remember! This time was just a glitch.
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From:cookiegirlie
Date:November 16th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
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You're bad about this stuff too. :P

You're perfect together.
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From:cookiegirlie
Date:November 16th, 2004 01:40 am (UTC)
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Oh, and Happy Birthday to the wonderful mommy of MrsV.



* smooooooochies *
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From:princessluvie
Date:November 16th, 2004 02:49 am (UTC)
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Someone should come up with a Pie Chart (::snort::), enlightening the masses on what pie should be served on which anniversary. Perhaps it should go something like this:

1st - Cherry Pie
2nd - Coconut Creme Pie
3rd - Chocolate Silk Pie
4th - Peanut Butter Pie
5th - Apple Pie
... and so on, until we get to the biggies -
15th - (and the forgotten anniversary) Humble Pie


Happy belated anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Veteran!
Happy birthday to the wonderful person who spawned our MrsV!
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 16th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
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Happy anniversary!

Don't feel too bad...with us it's always either one or the other who forgets. I totally forgot our 10th and felt really bad when Mike got me flowers. And I felt REALLY bad when I remembered our 20th, but didn't get him anything.

We have one coming up, but I'd have to do the math to figure out which one...
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From:fabledbrewer
Date:November 16th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
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Being the overachievers that we are, we managed to almost forget our 9th - last year, on the day of our 9th anniversary, my Beloved Wife was on the phone with her mother and her mother wished her a happy anniversary. Then the BW realized that we had forgotten our anniversary.

Which wasn't completely correct: I had remembered, but I remembered the wrong day. For some reason, I keep thinking that our anniversary is on July 31, not July 30. So I was remembering the wrong day.

I had bought a card, but I hadn't filled it out yet. So I hastily wrote in the card (not one of my more poetic efforts, I'm afraid), and I think we went out to a nice romantic dinner, just in the nick of time.

So your story sound familiar to me as well. I wonder how typical this sort of amnesia is?
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From:mrsveteran
Date:August 29th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Whoa! Happy belated 10th anniversary!!!
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From:kungfubarbie
Date:November 16th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
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HEY, I wished you a happy anniversary, DID YOU FORGOT THAT TOO? *sobs*

hahaha
hahha

hah

mm pie

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