Paper is the traditional first wedding anniversary gift.
Many may think this is a monetary reflection. However, paper is so much more.

Paper is resilient
sturdy
forgiving
flexible.
The foundation
and keeper
of history.

Bringer of hope
peace
Love.
The chronologer of a great story.

So,
like the cherished book,
such is our marriage,
full of life,
with sorrows,
excitement,
joy,
hope.
most of all,
Strength.
Strong so that nothing,
Nothing
Can tear it apart.

August 15, 2005