DJ and I are competitive. We have this weird way of turning most things into a competition. DJ might not always know it’s a competition, but that just means I get an (unnecessary) head start.
One such situation: our wedding ceremony. Most people ask themselves “how do you make a wedding competitive?” Those people just aren’t trying hard enough.
During one trip to DJ’s parent’s house in college, we went to an arcade and won a cheesy little silver bracelet. Over the next three-ish years, we traded this thing off for birthdays, anniversaries, valentines, etc. DJ gifted it to me a few months before the wedding and I hid it away in my bedroom, allowing DJ to think I forgot about. Or most likely that I lost it. That probably would have been his assumption.
But, the whole time, I knew exactly where it was and what I was going to do. Packing for the wedding, I didn’t remember jewelry, or a book, or a bunch of other things, but I remembered this bracelet. I pulled the minister aside during the rehearsal and explained my plan. I needed a few moments in the ceremony, before the vows.
The day of the wedding, I walked down the aisle carrying my bouquet and this bracelet. We went through the ceremony and finally the minister announced that I had a special gift I wanted to present to DJ during our ceremony. Yes, yes I did.
I briefly explained the significance of the bracelet and proudly exclaimed my victory. Try as he might, I can’t think of any situation that he could use to top this. The look on his face and the laughter of our friends and family made it totally worth it. And I made him put it on right there.
I think this story pretty well sums us up. We love to laugh and we love competition. When both can be mixed to make one unforgettable moment? That’s everything.