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Friday, December 5, 2008

Worn Out, Needs Replaced

I've been married nearly twenty years. When I was a bright-eyed, blushing, excited bride-to-be all those years ago, I didn't really think about what things would be like two decades down the road.

How worn out things would get.

How I'd tire of the same things, day in, day out.

How I'd wish for something with a little more pizzazz. Something to jazz up what I already have.

No, I'm not talking about my husband :-) I'm keeping him ;-). I'm talking about all the bridal shower gifts. Twenty years ago, the toaster and dish towels were shiny and beautiful. Now they're dull and worn (actually I'm now on my third toaster). The few wine glasses that have survived for two decades are mis-matched, and the bedding is so worn it's see-through.

It's time for all new stuff. Top to bottom, a household replacement. The problem? My husband learned pretty early on NOT TO BUY THE WIFE HOUSEHOLD STUFF FOR ANY OCCASION. He once bought me a blender.

Once.

So now, when I put stuff like "new pots and pans" on my Christmas list, he backs away, hands up. No way, he says, is he going anywhere near that. He's learned his lesson, and he's not making that mistake again. Okay, so he's not going to buy any of that.

Second problem? He also doesn't see the need for replacing any of that stuff. If the dishtowel still has a single fiber left in it, hey, it will still dry a dish. This is the same man who didn't want to replace our living room sofa until it was down to ONE SPRING. One. I have yet to be able to argue my way into all new kitchen, bedroom and bath stuff. So, I've come up with a solution.

A mid-life bridal shower.

Hey, people renew their vows, right? Why not renew the house? Of course, my friends aren't exactly seeing the need to pony up cash for my house, but if we all conspired together and did it for each other all at the same time, it'd be the equivalent of buying it for ourselves, pretty much. We could register and everything. Do it as a group--there's power in numbers. And in the end, we'd all have our kitchens, baths and bedrooms outfitted with new pots and pans, towels and sheets.

And be all set for another twenty years ;-)

Shirley

5 Comments:

Blogger Brandy said...

We've been married 16 years in January and we don't have many things that were given to us when we were first married. I still have the champagne flutes we bought to have our first toast with, only now we take them out-once a year-on New Years Eve and have Sparkling Cider in them. Hubs bought me a mixer for my birthday one year, he received hugs for it. *G* Good luck getting your hubs to purchase some new items!

December 5, 2008 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Shirley Jump said...

thanks, Brandy! I'm thinking he's beyond training at this point, LOL.

Shirley

December 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Linda Goodnight said...

You made me laugh, Shirley. My husband had the same experienc early on and now I BEG for pretty dishes or pans and he runs the other way! LOL

December 5, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Myrna Mackenzie said...

A round of showers so that we can all have new things? That sounds like fun. Especially if you dressed them up as outings for you and your friends. A spa weekend/shower? I would be so ready for that!

December 6, 2008 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I love this idea, Shirley! And I've only been married 13 years! I really need new pots and pans!

December 6, 2008 at 10:53 AM  

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