the wood(en) anniversary

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Silver, ruby, gold anniversaries sound so glamorous. And why does our wood anniversary sound like a dud? Seems a little unfair that 5 years is deemed so worthless compared to 25 years or more. But guess it only matters if you are buying one another gifts – which we don’t do.

Wishes from the Press Club (in Melbourne)
Wishes from the Press Club (in Melbourne)

Every anniversary for us is as important as the last and we don’t need any gift or jewel to signify this. It seems an unusual concept for us to buy each other gifts for our birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries and Christmases etc etc. Flowers die, chocolates get eaten, material items have an expiry date (because they get old, broken, damaged, forgotten and gosh knows what else) so we opt for something that is much more long-lasting! True to our philosophy, we prefer to make sure that each of those important occasions are marked or celebrated with an experience. Experiences become memories which don’t get forgotten (at least not willingly). For us, it usually comes in the form of a theatre show, a major sporting event, a fine dining meal or a trip away – basically anything that we get to share together.


So anyway, here, we are – September, 2013 which marks 5 years since we got married. The years have passed by so very fast that it makes us wonder whether we will be at the silver anniversary (that’s 25 years) before we know it?! Where would we be then? Looking into the crystal ball – we see that we would be in our 50s and still travelling, more than we are able to today as we would be retired then! Well, that is the plan and we can always dream.


In the meantime, let’s not concern ourselves on what the silver, ruby or gold anniversaries hold for us. Let us celebrate each and every day and be grateful for the life that we have, the family and friends we have and the fact we can do what we love most and that is travel! So for now…. Turkey awaits us to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary and maybe we can find something wooden (that won’t get confiscated by Australian Customs) to bring back to remind us of how we celebrated one fifth of a quarter of a century 🙂







9 thoughts on “the wood(en) anniversary

    Char (Love from Cornwall) said:
    September 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations on 5 years of marriage! Turkey is so beautiful, what a great place to celebrate 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by our blog, for following & for your well wishes. We are looking forward to Turkey. To be honest, we don’t know what to expect… Element of surprise 🙂

        Char (Love from Cornwall) said:
        September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        You have to try a proper kebab in a wrap from one of the street vendors, and pretty much any kebab you are offered! So good. Also prepare to haggle like crazy with sellers! I can’t speak for the whole of Turkey, but Side has beautiful ruins and history to it too, as well as lovely friendly people. Have a great time!! x

    Annick said:
    September 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Happy anniversary! Being married is a special feeling, and you celebrate it in the right way! Enjoy all those years to come 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you! The best thing about being married is having your best friend as your travel companion for life. 🙂

    Wendy DeChambeau - Life Unmapped said:
    September 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Happy Anniversary! My husband and I are much like you in that we’d rather have an experience than gifts. One year we went to Costa Rica for our anniversary, but usually it is celebrated with a nice meal at home and reminiscing about our past experiences together. BTW, time really does fly and before you know it you’ll be wondering how you got to 25 years of wedded bliss so quickly!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much! It’s so lovely to meet others that think like us when it comes to giving each other gifts. Many a-times people ask us, “What did you get from him/her?” We just don’t work that way 🙂 And Costa Rica for an anniversary sounds absolutely delightful as does a lovely meal at home! What surprises us is how the years begin to roll into one another. It shows how precious time truly is.

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