One couple left a wedding present unopened for nine years only for it to reveal the strength of their relationship.
Kathy and Brandon Gunn were given a present by Kathy's Great Aunt Alison with a card that read, “Do not open until 1st disagreement.”
The box came to mean a lot for their relationship, and whenever there were arguments that could warrant the opening of the box, Kathy and Brandon found a way of tackling the problem so that they didn't have to.
Honestly think that we both avoided turning to the box, because it would have symbolized our failure. To us, it would have meant that we didn't have what it takes to make our marriage work – and we're both too stubborn and determined for that. So, it forced us to reassess situations.
Kathy and Brandon only opened the box nine years on because they were going to attend a friend's wedding in the town of Kalamazoo, where they met and went to college, and wanted to find the perfect wedding gift.
On opening the box, they found separate instructions. The one addressed to Brandon contained two wine glasses, some money with the instructions to go and buy some wine and flowers and to run a bubble bath afterwards. The instructions for Kathy also contained money with the instructions to buy "pizza, shrimp or something you both like."
The simple yet thoughtful gift made the couple reflect on the strengths of their marriage:
For 9 years (and three moves) that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust, yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience. Our marriage strengthened as we became best friends, partners, and teammates. Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realization. I realized that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box – they were within us.
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Citations: Fox 8