First he had to open his gift. The first anniversary tradition is to give paper. So Ben got a ticket stub album. He later received a set of tickets to go in it and a album where we can log what we do each year for our anniversary.
We headed to “Paint the Town” in the U district and each painted a piece given to us by The Smith Family as one of our shower gifts in May of 2008. This was a great gift to receive. They purchased the 2 pieces (a platter and pitcher) and also the studio time. We each painted a piece and a week later had a momento for our first year of marriage.
Next stop Taproot Theatre in Seattle. We saw Around the World in 80 Days.
At Bloedel we walked the incredible grounds. It was a very romantic spot.
While in the woods Ben presented me with a question. “What 3 words describe our relationship?” I of course felt put on the spot so he answered, – friendship, love, and loyalty. Those words are very special to me as they are the words that describe the claddagh symbol. Friendship – the hands, Love- the heart, and Loyalty – the crown.
My promise ring was a claddagh and he found a locket with a claddagh on it. He knew I had missed wearing the symbol and wanted me to have something in its memory.