25 Years to Life

He says I still have that new bride smell.

That man I exchanged “I do’s” with twenty-five years ago this week…the man I promised to love and to cherish, to honor and cook for, and to continue to laugh at his potty humor until death do us part.



In that amount of time, people tend to hoard accumulate things. Things that may or may not have a real use later on down the road, yet they stay on the shelf, tucked away for later. Maybe these things were actually used for years, used to the point that even the donation truck might leave them on the side of the road.

We have things like that.

  1. A kitchen trashcan in the most beautiful 80s shade of baby blue. While it has served a long and useful life of 25 years, the cracks extend a wee bit further down the side each week.
  2. The hamper for our dirty clothes that was purchased on a romantic shopping trip to Cost Plus, during which time we declared, “Let’s join our dirty clothes!” and it still serves dutifully. Unfortunately, there are no cracks and I think this one may outlast us all.
  3. A toaster oven, which was lovingly gifted to us on our wedding day by a wedding guest who shall remain nameless (because I can’t remember). Hubs feels that the toaster oven is the be-all-end-all of kitchen appliances. I feel like it looks like a cross between R2D2 and SpongeBob SquarePants, and have relegated it to the cupboard.
  4. Matching set of bamboo beach mats, purchased on our first trip to Hawaii so many years ago. While they seemed like a great idea, nobody told us about the crazy pattern the bamboo leaves on your exposed skin. Ouch. They have resided in the attic ever since, never to see sand again.
  5. Blown-glass drink stirrers, with various tropical birds perched on the end. These were purchased on our honeymoon in Mexico, and we envisioned raging parties hosted at our tiny apartment where we would pass out drink stirrers to our happy guests. I am still trying to figure out exactly what type of drink requires stirring.
  6. A humongous counter-top microwave oven from the 80s, the size of which rivals a mini-Cooper. After occupying half of the entire kitchen counter-top for years, we moved to our current home which has a built-in microwave. Sixteen years ago. The intended recipient of the microwave (college kid) claims that his roommate has one. I fear I will one day be buried in it.
  7. A VCR. I cannot even imagine why we still have this. For you young ones, this is the prehistoric version of the modern-day DVD player.
  8. We still have the very first can opener we purchased, back when opening a can meant, “Dinner is served!”. I am pretty sure we are all current on our tetanus shots.
  9. The fire extinguisher that hangs in our garage, in that manly section referred to as the “Home Safety Center” by hubs. I fear that when I actually need a fire extinguisher, only glitter and dust will come out of the nozzle.
  10. A large paper-mache parrot, who has been a prized possession since our honeymoon in Mexico. We brought him home on the airplane back in the days when you could carry-on strange objects that could be used to pummel someone and take over the plane. Now he would be subject to a body-cavity search.


Sentimental old fools, or hoarders?

What do you still have after all these years?



  1. Oh Happy Anniversary! Does it make you feel old that I turned 15 the week you married? Darn.
    Our 7th is next week and each year we seem to accumulate more and more items his mother is trying to get rid of. Good thing we have this huge house, huh?
    And that parrot? I must meet that parrot!

  2. Gina Cahill says:

    Beautifully written tribute to the power of love! I expect to be given a drink stirrer to use next time I visit!

  3. Happy Anniversary! We are 13 years into our lifetime sentence & I can totally relate. We kept at least 1 wine bottle from the various wineries we toured on our honeymoon and in our life pre-k. After moving these empty bottles across country twice we finally let them go.

  4. Happy anniversary! 25 years is a BIG DEAL!

    We hit the 7 year mark, and we still have many things from our wedding…that maybe we should not have, that we will probably STILL have at the 25 year mark.

  5. How sweet!

  6. Ha! Happy Anniversary 🙂 first of all.

    We have a pinata, too. It actually came with my husband when we began the living-in-sin adventure; he brought it back from Tijuana when he lived in San Diego one summer. His name’s TJ 🙂

  7. First off, congratulations on celebrating 25 years of co-hoarding.

    Now on to the important part: Since I am such a great friend, I feel it is my responsibility to visit you and help you experiment until we find the perfect drink that requires stirring.

    I’m hoping our research is extensive. 😉

  8. Our wedding is in three weeks. I wonder what we’ll be looking back on in 25 years.
    Happy anniversary.

  9. A DVD player? What’s that? That’s what my Apple TV obsessed kids would say!

    How can you possibly part with any of this? And buried in a giant microwave? That’s your 15 seconds right there…TMZ will be all over that.

    Hope you had a wonderful day 🙂 xoxo

  10. Happy 25 yrs.

    We’re coming up on 19 years, and it feels like 1/3 of that time.

    YEARS together married, and years together before.


    And blessed.

    Happy Anniversary, Sherri!!

  11. Happy Anniversary Sherri, 25 years is amazing.

  12. Happy Anniversary! 25 years? That’s not nothing, for sure:)

    We have a set of strainers that used to belong to my in-laws. They’re at least 20 years old.

  13. Happy Anniversary to you both! Laughed at the part about the microwave because we had one of those beasts too!

  14. 25 years?! And I thought 5 was a long time. Boy, was I wrong! Happy belated to you both.

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