Married Couples DON’T Have A Monopoly On Anniversaries!Nicole Sparks
Married Couples DON’T Have A Monopoly On Anniversaries! Today, we’re going to indulge ourselves a little bit and unleash our inner “word nerds.” Normally, we TRY to restrain ourselves, but sometimes this obsession can come in handy!
So, let’s take a closer look at a word we all use – probably fairly regularly – but tend to forget the broad strokes we can paint with this one word: Anniversary. And now, your mind IMMEDIATELY went to the big celebration you had for Grams and Pop a couple of years ago, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Right?
However, let’s go straight to the source to see a textbook definition of anniversary:
“An anniversary is the date on which a significant event took place or an institution was founded in a previous year, and may also refer to the commemoration or celebration of that event. For example, the first event is the initial occurrence or, if planned, the inaugural of the event. One year later would be the first anniversary of that event. The word was first used for Catholic feasts to commemorate saints.”
And, for sure, your grandparents’ wedding anniversary certainly falls into this category. But you may notice it also includes ANYTHING of note that you choose to remember annually!
In fact, the whole “anni” part of anniversary DIRECTLY references the annual nature of these observances! So, if the definition doesn’t limit the type of yearly celebration, then why do WE?!?
We ALL have significant dates in our lives… whether we’ve ever been married, or not! So there’s no need to cede these annual celebrations exclusively to married couples.
Maybe you’re “married” to the success of your business. Of course you’d want to celebrate that first day, that first sale, that first entrepreneurial milestone. As well you should!
Or, perhaps you DID find your soulmate. Why should you have to wait to honor the special moments in your relationship? While you may have only recently married, chances are you have MANY other meaningful moments to honor with anniversary celebrations. How about your first date or first kiss… or even, the anniversary of your engagement!
We know, these are still “couple-centric.” Single folks need not despair… we’ve haven’t forgotten you! The millions of “satisfied singles” also have important life moments that SHOULD be properly marked.
How about the anniversary of when you got the keys to your first house… or when you took your first international vacation… or perhaps when you got that major promotion that catapulted you into the C-Suite? Even social media sends us reminders of those major life moments every year. Why wouldn’t you observe their anniversaries with some festivities?!?
And, how can we forget possibly the most significant milestones – those personal achievements and self-improvement accomplishments! It seems only natural to observe the anniversary of running (AND finishing) your first marathon. Or the yearly date when you finally quit smoking, certainly seems the perfect life-affirming moment to celebrate. Sticking to any “resolution,” regardless of when it was made or initiated, most assuredly should be worth a little hoopla. And, annual “12-Step Birthdays” could also benefit from a bit more fanfare!
So what better way to celebrate ANY anniversary, than with the pizzazz and flare of – you guessed it – SPARKLERS! Whether as accompaniments to cakes and bottles of sparkling beverages, or just for the sheer beauty and excitement, premium sparklers are just TOOOO special to limit strictly to those wedding anniversaries… when EVERYONE has those significant moments in their life that deserve celebrating in style!