I entered, and then stopped. I did some exaggerated blinking and eyeball lifts to make sure my contacts were in place because a double take was definitely in order.
Oh, because there was a big green unidentifiable plant sitting at the foot of our bed. Come to find out after reading the attached note, it was a pear tree, symbolizing our five years of marriage—strong, fruitful, growing. The note said a lot of things that would send any girl’s heart aflutter, but a simple “I love you” was its essence. And then at the bottom: “PS. Pack your bags for a little getaway.”
Happy fifth anniversary to me! I flew down the stairs to hug Magnet from behind and kiss him on the cheek before springing back up every other stair to get another look at my pear tree and reread my note. I love surprises. I love handwritten words of affection. I love a get-a-way!
The next morning I packed the kids up for an overnighter at Grandma’s house. After dropping them off, Magnet and I swung back by our house to plant my pear tree before leaving for the mystery destination. Watching Magnet dig deep into the earth in the far corner of our yard to plant it made me smile so effortlessly; there was no choice about it, my cheeks lifted at the sight. I told him I’m going to want to uproot that tree and bring it with us every time we move.
We left and found ourselves in heavy traffic. We puttered along at a turtle's pace, but it was no matter. Our windows were rolled down to let in the uncharacteristically warm summery weather; we were together, talking, laughing, confiding. Throughout the drive, I kept noticing how he listens so intently and dreams so big for me.
And then we were there! We pulled into Alderbrook Resort and Spa located on the Hood Canal and spent a relaxing two days together! I got to eat in peace, sleep in peace, wake up in peace. It was the perfect surprise destination. He humored me and let me take a million pictures of him, and we tried to get a few of us together with the timer (not too successful). We sat down to a fancy dinner with a seafood menu we weren't in the mood for. So, when our waiter wasn’t looking, we ditched our menus and ice water and headed to a burger joint down by the water where we ate juicy hamburgers and greasy fries. We laughed so hard when after a feisty debate over a topic we don't see eye-to-eye on, I finally said, "here we are, celebrating our fifth anniversary, and I did not know this about you!" We could hardly chew, we found it so amusing and refreshing, to still be discovering new things about each other. (Even testy things.)
The next morning we slept in and then picked up our beautiful kids and came home to our house with the pear tree growing out back. And there it was, the stream of thought I have on a daily basis: I’m so glad I said yes.