according to some web site, a 20th wedding anniversary is the china anniversary.
not to be confused with the silver, pearl, or ruby anniversaries, which imply significantly more commitment, time-wise and gift-wise.
no, it's china. symbolizing "...the beautiful, elegant, and delicate nature of 20 years of love."
sure, okay. you could make a case for that. you might also make the case that once it's unwrapped, you put the china away and never use it again, leading to dust and decline...and what fun is that?
regardless, in hewing to this fascinating wedding tradition, the missus and i will commemorate our 20th anniversary with a fabulous trip to...
because we didn't really have the time or the inclination to go to china. and we're not slaves to tradition at our house. plus, have you seen airfares recently? china is really far away, which means it's probably really expensive to fly there. which i'm sure we would've discovered, had we bothered to look into it.
we had just a couple mandatories for our momentous occasion: it had to cost somewhat less than a second home on montserrat, and it had to be warm.
we entertained monterey and santa barbara and san diego. vancouver island and banff and the okanagan valley. italy, france, spain. cabo.
long story short, and for various reasons, we decided no, no, no, no, no, no and no. and not likely.
not saying they're not all fabulous options. not saying we wouldn't love to visit all of them at some point. just saying too boring, too cold, too much, and are you kidding? $1700 to fly to cabo? in the middle of summer? what's spanish for "don't be ridiculous"?
so, after much ado...aloha, y'all.
we'll be watching july 4 fireworks from duke's barefoot bar on waikiki beach.
they don't do china at duke's. they do surfboards and mai-tais. and they do them very well.
that'll do for us.