The Cotton Anniversary

Jason English

Speaking of not getting divorced, my wife and I celebrated our second anniversary on Monday. I rewarded her participation in the marriage with a leather briefcase from the Tumi Women's Collection. This gift made sense. She started a new job this week, and I had recently ruined her previous bag (There was an incident with a faulty travel mug.)

While the gift was perfect, it was not appropriate. I was getting ahead of myself. The third anniversary is the leather anniversary. Though I knew my wife couldn't care less, I slipped a bag of cotton balls inside to be safe. Crisis averted.

If you like to adhere strictly to tradition, here's what you need to know:

1st Anniversary = paper 2nd Anniversary = cotton 3rd = leather 4th = linen 5th = wood 6th = iron 7th = wool 8th = bronze 9th = pottery 10th = tin 11th = steel 12th = silk 13th = lace 14th = ivory 15th = crystal 20th = china 25th = silver 30th = pearl 35th = coral/jade 40th = ruby 45th = sapphire 50th = gold 55th = emerald 60th = diamond 70th = platinum