A couple finally opened their wedding present nine years after receiving it, as they were told they shouldn’t open it until they have their first “disagreement”.
Kathy and Brandon Gunn, from Michigan, US, waited nine whole years before opening the wedding present gifted to them by Kathy’s great-aunt Alison. The present supposedly “held the key to saving a marriage”.
When they first got married, the couple had been given strict instructions alongside the present. A note on the parcel read: “Do NOT open until 1st disagreement.”
Yet for years, the present was left opened and forgotten, even though the couple had “plenty of disagreements, arguments and slammed doors.”
The couple only remembered the present when it came to thinking of wedding gifts for an upcoming wedding they were attending. Maddeningly, nine years had passed.
In the Facebook group Love What Matters, Kathy wrote: “I thought back to our wedding day (nearly 9 years ago) and tried to recall the gifts that had meant the most to me.
“The funny thing? The gift that meant the very most was still sitting in a closet… unopened.
“All along, we assumed that the contents of that box held the key to saving a marriage – an age old trick – unbeknownst to us rookies.
“After all, my Great Aunt and Uncle had been married for nearly half a century.”
On August 30, 2020, Kathy and Brandon finally opened the mysterious present and what they found left them feeling overwhelmed.
Inside the gift was two notes, one for Kathy and one for Brandon. Both of the notes were wrapped around notes of money.
Kathy’s letter said: “Kathy, go get a pizza, shrimp, or something you both like. Aunt Alison.
“‘Get a ‘bath’ ready.”
While Brandon’s letter read: “Brandon, go get flowers and a bottle of wine. Aunt Alison.”
In the Facebook post, Kathy continued: “For nine years that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust, yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience.
“Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realisation.
“I realised that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box – they were within us.”