We didn't go out to dinner for our anniversary. We did go out to lunch - he went out with some business associates, I went out with Leenah and Adam. I think I had a better time. I got him 3 bottles of EVOO - if I told him the cost ($50 bottle) he'd freak - but he really enjoys it - it's fresh - like only a few months old - including the time it spent on the boat getting over here. It's green, green. And I'll borrow it once in awhile. He didn't get me a gift. Never does. In the beginning - that really bothered me. Now - if I want a gift - I buy it. That way I get what I want ... I still have a wonderful London Fog wool coat he bought me ... I think it was for our first anniversary .... it was about 6 sizes too big. I keep it as a reminder why not to be upset when he doesn't get me anything. He doesn't have a clue. I've been debating on whether or not to buy myself a Kindle Chances are I will buy myself one - just waiting for the perfect sale. Since everyone already bought Kindles for Christmas - I'm sure Amazon will offer a sale price .... soon !
But, I did get one anniversary present - from my son. Most of you know that he was born a micro preemie. Only by the grace of God is he here. My friends all over the world prayed for him when he was born - whether they prayed at home, in a temple, in a church, in a mosque - in English, Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese - whatever their language - they prayed, and they kept praying the entire 3 months he was in the NICU - and it worked. Anyway - because of his birth trauma - he did have some brain injuries - which have created learning difficulties that we work hard to overcome. One of his problems is retention. He can learn something today - and forget it tomorrow. You can teach it to him a million times, and he still might forget it tomorrow. You can see where this may lead to trouble when learning the correct way to swim. But for my anniversary - he showed me that he can do whatever he sets his mind to. Not only did he swim, but he swam so well that he finished in first place - well ahead of everyone else in his heat. Yes, I give his coaches a ton of credit - the head coach on our team was his first one on one teacher - got into the pool with him, had the patience of a saint, I could never thank him enough. His current coach is the sweetest lady I know. She also knows of his problems, yet never seems frustrated at practice when she's teaching him the same thing over and over. My life is amazing - and that's why a simple gift like this is all I needed for my anniversary