I always love to hear from my readers, so when I received an email a few weeks ago from Laura of We Three Allens, I was thrilled. She had come across a blog post about one way to help your marriage be even better and thought of me and Fab Housewife. “I just thought you would appreciate that as much as I did,” she wrote. Sure enough, she was right!
The blog post explains the idea behind a “love box,” and how it can add a little spice to your marriage. It’s all based on a letter that was written to Ann Landers years ago:“Dear Ann Landers: Last weekend, we celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. This morning, they left on a long-awaited trip to Hawaii. They were as excited as if it were their honeymoon. When my parents married, they had only enough money for a three-day trip 50 miles from home. They made a pact that each time they were intimate, they would put a dollar in a special metal box and save it for a honeymoon in Hawaii for their 50th anniversary.Dad was a policeman, and Mom was a schoolteacher. They lived in a modest house and did all their own repairs. Raising five children was a challenge, and sometimes, money was short, but no matter what emergency came up, Dad would not let Mom take any money out of the “Hawaii account.” As the account grew, they put it in a savings account and then bought CDs. My parents were always very much in love. I can remember Dad coming home and telling Mom, “I have a dollar in my pocket,” and she would smile at him and reply, “I know how to spend it.” When each of us children married, Mom and Dad gave us a small metal box and told us their secret, which we found enchanting. All five of us are now saving for our dream honeymoons. Mom and Dad never told us how much money they had managed to save, but it must have been considerable because when they cashed in those CDs, they had enough for airfare to Hawaii plus hotel accommodations for 10 days and plenty of spending money. As they told us good-bye before leaving, Dad winked and said, “Tonight, we are starting an account for Cancun. That should only take 25 years.” – Loving Daughter in Abilene, Texas“
I fell in love with this story, and immediately told the hubs. He loved it too, so I set out on a mission to find us a love box. Thanks to a trip to HomeGoods, we now have our very own love box, sitting on our dresser, just begging to be filled. Thank you, Laura, for such an inspiring idea!