Celebrating our first anniversary with Monopoly and time together

Celebrating our first anniversary with Monopoly and time together

By some amazing miracle, Rob and I both have some significant vacation time this week and next.

We've been basking in each other's company, as Rob is away from home a lot for work.

We've wrapped presents, walked our dog and made Christmas cards – well, Rob has, since he's the artist in the family. He even made my baking friend Erin Lippitz one featuring a snowman that looked like a wedding cake.

The other night, we enjoyed some wine with dinner and planned to watch a movie afterward.

Well that devolved into me telling Rob I was bored. Really bored. Could we go do something (knowing full well we'd need to walk or call a cab if we did)? Why don't we have any two-person board games?

Amazingly, he agreed with the idea that we should walk to a nearby-ish store to get a new board game. At 8 p.m.

And so we did – we put on our coats (luckily it wasn't too cold) and held hands on our way.

We bought a variation of Monopoly and played it at the kitchen table until late, drinking more wine and burning four candles on our Advent wreath.

Rob skunked me – he did the last time we played Monopoly, too, years ago. I'm a little on the competitive side, so I wasn't thrilled. He was nice about it, though. We had a great time.

As Rob and I celebrate our first wedding anniversary today, I think this story represents a lot of what I love about him.

He's willing to think about things differently enough to try them (I was mostly kidding when I suggested we walk to buy a board game) and usually, we have a blast regardless of what we're doing.

Rob is patient, incredibly artistic and creative. He has this ability to take me at my worst and encourage me, sometimes firmly, to snap out of it. He's fun and funny, with a dry, ornery sense of humor and a kindness that is quiet but steady. And he doesn't let me win – I appreciate that.

So happy anniversary to my sweetheart – we've made it through some challenges this year, and I know more are sure to come. But I'm looking brightly toward our future – and hoping for plenty more late nights at our kitchen table, laughing and playing Monopoly.

Photo credit: Robert K. O'Daniell took our wedding photos.


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