Have you noticed that in the last couple of decades we will find any sort of anniversary to celebrate? It can be a first date, the first time we met someone, the day we started our first job, our first car, our first whatever is unique to us? It does not have to be a grand occasion, just a reminder of a special time in our lives. Now that we in Australia have developed as a Café culture (so they say) the celebration can be as simple as meeting for a Coffee. We were married on the 21st December and if the 21st of any month happens to come to his attention Doug will remark “Happy Anniversary!”
Five weeks after Fiona was born, Doug and I celebrated our first wedding Anniversary. We had booked Dinner at a restaurant in Sorrento and tickets to the screening of My Fair Lady. It was 1964. My sister Celia was happy to babysit but at the last minute I felt I should not leave Fiona with a seventeen year old as she was still very tiny.(no mobile phones in those days). So! As it was already booked and paid for Celia and Doug went out to dinner and I gladly stayed home. According to Celia, Doug spent the whole time talking about us. Even during the magnificent performance of Eliza Doolittle he wondered how Fiona and I were going.
Over the years we always planned on celebrating our Anniversary in style. But, as it was so close to Christmas and life was really busy, we generally bought fish and Chips and took the girls down to the river for tea. In fact it would be twenty years before we went out for dinner on our Anniversary, a gift from Fiona and Shane.
Life can be tough, at any given time one of us will be going through a trial of some kind. Celebrating a special date, no matter how trivial, is a way of encouraging ourselves and adds a little sunshine to our lives. My mother passed away a few years back but on her birthday we go out for coffee and cake because that is something she loved to do.
There are many verses in the Bible about being encouraging. I especially like 1 Thess. 5:14 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
So today, if you are feeling a bit down, make yourself a cuppa and encourage yourself?
Outside Fortnum and Mason on our way in to celebrate our 50th Anniversary (2013)