To My Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
I prize thy love more then whole Mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
Last, but not least, we end with an ode to the blessing of love.
Journal: Story of a Lifetime
Preserve your most precious memories for the next generation: write your own story of your life. Chronicle all the important events and relationships, milestones and challenges for a fantastic keepsake present which is great to pass on to future generations.
Event: Deja vu
A truly thoughtful gift is a recreation of the moment you first met your sweetheart, your first date or any other day that is special and meaningful to you as a couple. Depending on what you did that day, think about a movie or song that reminds you of the occasion and use it a prop for your gift. Add a note "Remember how it all began? Thanks for being in my life!"
Flowers: One and only
A single red flower in a pretty vase with a short note saying "You are my one and only" is a simple yet romantic gift.
High-quality drill set
I guess what made it so memorable was that money was tight and I wasn't expecting it. My wife took the money she had been putting away for a new wardrobe and headed out shopping one morning. When she arrived home, she had only one new outfit and my drill set. She knew how much I wanted and needed it and sacrificed what she had been saving for herself.
Art print of a chickadee
My favorite bird is the chickadee and my wife got this gift on the spur of the moment on a year we had decided not to exchange gifts for solstice. The fact that she got me something knowing she would get nothing and that it was something so thoughtful just made it really special.
A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time.
The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.
Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.