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Sun., Sept. 9, 2012, 3:02 p.m.

Conveyances and other marriage traditions

The modern American wedding can be extravagant but also wasteful. But with some planning and attention to detail, brides can reduce the impact of their nuptials, such as ordering just enough cake for the number of guests, holding the ceremony and reception in one place, or using recyclable paper.   (Courtesy Greencupboards.com)
The modern American wedding can be extravagant but also wasteful. But with some planning and attention to detail, brides can reduce the impact of their nuptials, such as ordering just enough cake for the number of guests, holding the ceremony and reception in one place, or using recyclable paper. (Courtesy Greencupboards.com)

My husband and I celebrated 32 years of marriage last week. I have no idea where the time has gone, but when I tally up the milestones, we have traveled through some interesting places, experiences. Some lovely, some not…

He is more prone than I am to the sentimental remembrances of “This anniversary is symbolized by paper, china, silver, platinum…”

And – I had no clue – the 32ndyear of marriage is symbolized by conveyances.  Huh? Yup. GOOGLE says so, therefore it must be true…

With my major conveyance, a car, recently replaced – my practical self said, “No gift for me this year.” But on our anniversary my husband sat me down, told me to close my eyes and then placed the controller for a remote control car in my hands.

“Open your eyes and push the lever up,” he instructed.

Around the corner and into the kitchen came a remote control police car with its lights on – and a little box strapped to the top.

The jewelry is lovely, but the conveyance a surprise,  a creative unique touch. Even after 32 years…

Marriage is a journey – requiring a variety of conveyances through the years. Mostly, the conveyance of love, commitment, forgiveness, humor, compromise -  sprinkled with a dose of that magic ingredient: pure luck.

What has been your most unique celebration of a wedding anniversary?

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