One couple never expected a wedding gift they opened nine years later would help save their marriage.
Love What Matters reports the gift Kathy Grunn and her husband received from Kathy’s aunt could only be opened after they had their first argument.
The couple assumed Kathy’s aunt, who had been married to her husband for 50 years, had enclosed priceless wisdom inside.
“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,” Gunn explained.
But as time went on, Kathy and her husband left “the gift that meant the very most” unopened.
“I honestly think that we both avoided turning to the box, because it would have symbolized our failure,” explained Kathy, adding it would mean they didn’t have what it takes to make their relationship work.
“So, it forced us to reassess situations,” she added. “Was it really time to open the box? What if this isn’t our worst fight? What if there’s a worse one ahead of us and we don’t have our box?!? As my Great Uncle Bill would say, ‘Nothing is ever so bad that it couldn’t get worse.'”
A few children, many fights — a few in which they almost gave up — and nine years later, they pondered opening the gift.
Kathy explains they were about to go another couple’s wedding when memories of their own popped up.
As they thought back to the gift, and reflected upon its meaning, the true value of the present finally dawned on Kathy.
“[The box] somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience,” she said. “Our marriage strengthened as we became best friends, partners and teammates.”
“Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realization,” continued Kathy. “I realized that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box — they were within us.”
While the box ended up only containing a wine glass, money for a meal and flowers, and items to draw a bubble bath, it was invaluable for these lessons.
“We thought the box would save ‘us’ — and in a way it did,” said Kathy.
Many found the story touching.
“What a sweet and thoughtful gift, and beautiful story,” wrote one user on LittleThings.com’s Facebook page.