July 18, 2009

Dinner Guests

We had company over for dinner tonight. We also had people over for food our first night back in town from the honeymoon, but this was our first time having company over for dinner after putting the house in order and feeling like we are really starting the routine of our life as a married couple. It actually felt like "our" house this time. Right after we sat down to eat I remembered something in the front bedroom... candles! Not just any candles... candles meant to be burned to celebrate this specific occasion. Yep, brats and beer with friends... in our home. The candles were part of a very special wedding gift that consisted of a basked with several different pairs of taper candles and a pair of candle holders.

There was a poem with them that read:

A basket of candles, each kind in a pair,
in all different colors for you to share.

The white ones burn first and they are wrapped in white lace,
to celebrate your first married night in your place.

The green pair is taller and also much thinner,
and should be lit with the first company that you have over for dinner.

The dark blue candles are for after your first fight,
so you can burn them while making-up all through the night.

Pink candles set the mood and pave the way,
for your very special, first married Valentine's Day.

Now when your first year of marriage is through,
the cream anniversary pair will shine bright for you two.

Red candles aflame, both your futures are bright,
to celebrate promotions that you've word for with all your might.

By this time we hope, that maybe, just maybe
you can light the purple ones on the birth of your baby.

And just when you thought you'd put these away,
take the light blue ones out for your fifth anniversary day.

Now just one more pair left to celebrate the big two-five,
this twenty-fifth anniversary pair will show your love is alive.

Congratulations, Rachel and Matt, on the start to your forever,
and may the two of you always be happy together.

And burn these candles just the way I said,
but please remember to blow them out before going to bed!

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