It was my wedding anniversary on Monday. Thirteen years ago the geekdaddy and I gathered a load of our friends and relatives together at the Botleigh Grange Hotel in Southampton, and said “I do”. Thirteen years. That’s quite a long time really, when you think about it. Even longer when I think that we’d been together as a couple for 8 years before we got married as well. Twenty one years of togetherness. All together now – “Awwwwww!”
You might think, given the length of time we’ve been together, that we have the whole romance thing cracked. Candles, flowers, champagne, all that kind of thing. Not a bit of it. It has been known in past years for us to be completely oblivious of our anniversary until the card from my mother arrives! Yes, seriously. This year we had (mostly) remembered, but not got around to actually planning anything in advance: He wasn’t entirely serious by the way, but it had good dramatic effect!
In a way it’s a good idea we had not planned too much, because what we ended up with on our thirteenth wedding anniversary was two kids with chicken pox! It’s been going round at nursery, so it’s not too much of a surprise that they’ve got it, and I’m glad that they’re getting it over and done with, and they’ve both got it at the same time which minimises the time I need to take off work to look after them.
The geekdaughter’s first few spots appeared on Saturday night, the geekson had one spot when I put him to bed on Sunday, but awoke on Monday with a small covering. They were fine in themselves for the first few days, but had a rough day yesterday, and a very disturbed night last night. Poor things are now both completely covered in spots. So far we’ve been coping with just Calpol and Calamine lotion, but today we’ve had to break out the oatmeal baths (which the geekdaughter hated) and Piriton. I hope they’ll soon turn a corner and start mending, I hate when they’re uncomfortable and I can’t make things all better for them 🙁
And maybe when things are all back to normal we’ll get around to the candles and romantic meal thing. After all, thirteen years is definitely worth celebrating!
Special thanks to my friend @KellySibson for suggesting the title of this post!