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Appley anniversary

Heirloom apples

"Today's Talk Like a Pirate Day...and I forgot to celebrate it...again!" I exclaimed to Mark Thursday.

"You mean today's our anniversary?" he replied.

Picking applesI wracked my brain, trying to remember when we got married.  "Oops, um, yeah."  Then, picking up steam, "So it's pretty special that we harvested the apples from our Virginia Beauty today because it's our wedding anniversary!"

"That's right!" Mark agreed.  "My aunt gave us that tree from her neighbor's heirloom apple nursery as a wedding present."

"I guess I should have gotten you something for this anniversary, huh?" I mused, then wandered off to google the traditional gift for a fourth anniversary.  "Fruit or flowers!" I exclaimed.  "And you got me fruit today!"

"Well, really, you got me fruit," said Mark, referring to the way I cut up the dropped apples for our lunch.  But I was intent, instead, on the fact that my sweet husband had reached high into the tree to pluck the apples over my head, then shaken the trunk to get the last four from the tippy-top to fall.

Husband-wife apple-picking --- the best anniversary gift ever!  We may have to pretend it's our fourth wedding anniversary every year, although next year's traditional gift (wood) sounds pretty good.  Maybe it will equate to an extra-full woodshed?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Congrats on the fruit or flower anniversary! And you got married on TLAP day? Awesome!
Comment by Eric in Japan Sat Sep 21 10:50:22 2013
Wishing you many more happy years together. That apple tree will help you celebrate every year!
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Sat Sep 21 12:38:46 2013

Congrats on your fourth anniversary. Talk Like a Pirate Day 2013 was my husband's and my 15th wedding anniversary. And his birthday . . .


Comment by aprilconnett Sun Sep 22 19:07:28 2013
Hey sweetie, I thought you got married in December.
Comment by Heather Sun Sep 22 19:22:31 2013
Heather --- I figure we get two anniversaries every year --- when we went to the courthouse (in December) and when we had our party/wedding/thing (September). More anniversaries are better than fewer, right? :-)
Comment by anna Sun Sep 22 20:06:57 2013
Aww! Happy Anniversary! That means it's been four years since we've seen you. Better fix that.
Comment by Brandy Mon Sep 23 07:25:37 2013
I've been with my wife for 16 years now and about 7 years ago we decided to not buy each other gifts anymore and I have to say it's one of the best decisions we've ever made. Happy anniversary!
Comment by Daniel Worth Tue Sep 24 14:22:34 2013

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