Couple find wedding gift they were told not to open nine years after marriage
A couple who opened a wedding gift nine years after they got married were blown away when they saw what was inside.
After tying the knot in September 2007, Kathy and Brandon Gunn, a couple from Michigan, US, received a gift from Kathy’s great-aunt Alison.
But upon receiving the present, they were given very strict instructions.
On the front of the parcel was a note which read: “Do NOT open until 1st disagreement.”
For years, the present lay forgotten about and unopened – despite the fact that the couple had “plenty of disagreements, arguments and slammed doors.”
And it was only when they were trying to think of what to gift their friends for their upcoming wedding that they remembered the present, nine years later.
Writing on the Love What Matters group on Facebook, Kathy said: “I thought back to our wedding day (nearly 9 years ago) and tried to recall the gifts that had meant the most to me.
“The funny thing? The gift that meant the very most was still sitting in a closet… unopened.
“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.
“After all, my Great Aunt and Uncle had been married for nearly half a century.”
The couple finally opened the mysterious parcel on August 30, 2020, and what they found meant so much to them.
Inside were two notes, one addressed to Kathy and one to Brandon, which were wrapped around notes of money.
Kathy’s letter said: “Kathy, go get a pizza, shrimp, or something you both like. Aunt Alison.
“‘Get a ‘bath’ ready.”
Meanwhile, Brandon’s read: “Brandon, go get flowers and a bottle of wine. Aunt Alison.”
Kathy said: “For nine years that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust, yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience.
“Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realisation.
“I realised that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box – they were within us.”