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How many trash bags are you on?

March 29, 2007

Today, as I was having lunch with a friend, we met ran into some old friends of hers. The wife had been a grade school friend and she and her husband just happened to be eating in the same restaurant. As they were leaving, we spent a few moments talking about how many children we had, how old they were, etc….just the kind of things that you try to catch up on when you haven’t seen someone in a long time.

The couple was (for the first time) experiencing the joy of recruiting a babysitter to watch their infant daughter while they celebrated their anniversary over the weekend. My friend and her husband are hitting 10 years this year, and the couple I met were celebrating nine years this weekend. They were very happy to have been together in a relationship this long, and began to tell us how excited they were to open the third case of trash bags from Sam’s Club (400 a case?). Apparently, all the people they know have only made it to the second box thus far.

Now, my husband and I celebrated 11 years this January and have passed through several milestones–finishing grad school, having our first child, buying a house, then having our second and third children, no longer spending our anniversary dates discussing the top 5 places we want to visit (but talking instead about the future of our children’s education), and going to bed at 9:30 or 10:00 instead of midnight or 1:00 a.m. However, I have to say that it was a first to hear someone measure the length of their relationship by how many trash bags they have gone through over the years.

How about you? How do you measure the longevity of your relationships? Is there a milestone in your marriage that really made you sit back and say, “Wow”?

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