When a couple in Michigan got married a decade ago, they received a unique gift, which they didn’t end up opening straight away. They considered it contained the secret to a happy marriage. Nine years later, when the couple finally decided to open it, they came to a wonderful understanding.
Kathy and Brandon Gunn, of Northville, have been married since 2007. One day in 2016, the couple was recalling some of their wedding gifts. Kathy realized the gift that seemed to be most meaningful had yet to be opened.
“The gift that meant the very most was still sitting in a closet… unopened,” Kathy wrote on Love What Matters, alongside pictures of the gift that has an envelope that reads, “Do not open until your 1st disagreement.” It was from her great-aunt Alison.
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Having been married for almost a decade, Kathy admitted that they had already experienced lots of disagreements, “arguments and slammed doors throughout our 9 years.” Despite all this, they still had yet to open aunt Alison’s peculiar box.
“I honestly think that we both avoided turning to the box, because it would have symbolized our failure,” Kathy said. “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. Was it really time to open the box? What if this isn’t our worst fight? What if there’s a worse one ahead of us and we don’t have our box?!?” she continued. “As my Great Uncle Bill would say, ‘Nothing is ever so bad that it couldn’t get worse.’”
Kathy and her husband thought the box contained the “key to saving a marriage,” since her great-aunt has been married for almost half a century. It turned out the precious box went beyond what she believed her great-aunt had intended.
For nine years, the box was in the closet collecting dust until they finally decided to open it in May 2016. “Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realization,” Kathy said.
In the box were two cash gifts amounting to $200 for each of them, two wine glasses, bath supplies, and two notes. The note to Kathy read: “Go get a pizza, shrimp, or something you both like. Get a bath ready.” Brandon’s note read: “Go get flowers and a bottle of wine.”
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“It was by far the greatest wedding gift of all,” Kathy shared. “It somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience. Our marriage strengthened as we became best friends, partners, and teammates.”
“I realized that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box—they were within us,” she said.
When her great-aunt, who lives in Columbus, Ohio, was told that they had finally opened her box, she “thought it was amazing.” Kathy told ABC News: “She also thought it was a great story, but she thought we were crazy. She knew it was a special gift, but didn’t realize just how special it became to us.”
Amazingly, Kathy’s post published on the Love What Matters Facebook page has inspired many other social media users, garnering over 23,000 likes. Share away if you know someone who’d benefit from this article. After all, sharing is caring!