Brandon and Kathy Gunn were married in Michigan nine years ago, and it’s been going well so far—they’ve had their fights, but nothing they couldn’t resolve.
On their wedding day, the couple received a box from Kathy's great Aunt Alison, with a note instructing them to open it after their first fight as a married couple. “Do not open until your first disagreement,” it read.
For the past nine years the box sat gathering dust, unopened on a top shelf in a closet.
“Now, there had obviously been plenty of disagreements, arguments and slammed doors throughout our nine years,” Kathy wrote in a Facebook post. “There were even a couple of instances where we both considered giving up ... but we never opened the box.”
Kathy went on to say that they were both so determined to make the marriage work, they didn’t want to jinx the future by opening the gift.
“It forced us to reassess situations,” she wrote. “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?!? As my Great Uncle Bill would say, 'Nothing is ever so bad that it couldn't get worse.’”
But one night, over wine and a talk about what to buy another couple as a wedding gift, the two decided to finally unwrap it.
Here is what they found inside:
Two hand-written notes wrapped around money. One for Kathy, telling her to go buy a pizza then start a bath. One for Brandon, instructing him to buy flowers and wine.
“For nine years (and three moves) that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust,” Kathy wrote. “Yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise, and patience.”
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