The Secret Life of Melanie O.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Merry Anniversary
Dan and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary yesterday. It was a low key celebration marked by lunch at a beachside restaurant, Long Island Iced Tea, and a decadent chocolate dessert. For us, anyway, our wedding anniversary seems to be inextricably intertwined with gourmet meals.

One year it was oysters on the half shell, with various sauces as accompaniment.

Another year, it was roast lamb so tender, it fell off the bone.

This year, it was a seafood platter that made my mouth water before it ever came out of the kitchen.

Other than a good meal, we aren’t really big into gifts. For one thing, we buy whatever we want or need throughout the year, rather than “saving” up for the birthday, or Christmas, or the anniversary. Gifts for “special occasions” therefore are more of an obligation and not terribly inspired. This doesn’t mean that we don’t like them, or that we don’t get them, but we always feel that it’s better to get what you want when you need or want it instead of making someone wait for a “special day.” Every day should be a special day. But that’s just us.

After lunch, we wandered down to the local nursery, with the objective of buying a live, potted Christmas tree. We don’t see any sense in cutting down a live tree. How much better to have a living tree that stays in the house and gets decorated according to the season year after year?

Sadly, the nursery doesn’t see it like we do, and all they had on offer were tiny little Norway spruces that would fall over and droop with the first bauble. Larger topiaries were $250! When I recovered from the shock, I suggested we decorate our little fig tree and buy some poinsettias to stick around the base. So that’s what we did. And the little fig is beautiful – a kind of evergreen for the Southern Hemisphere.

At the end of the day, we sat back and enjoyed the glowing lights and greenery. It’s great having an anniversary so close to Christmas. It feels like the whole world is celebrating with us.
posted by Melanie O. at 3:57 PM -
  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger gardenbug said…

    Happy Anniversary. I like the idea of a plant you keep from year to year. Trim it if the shape gets away from you. Fig is a good choice. Merry Christmas

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