One of my favorite bridal games is the take on “Newly Weds,” where a couple is asked a set of questions about themselves/their partners and then that expert knowledge is put to the test. We played it recently at my best friend’s bridal shower and after nearly 10 years, it turns out the bride-to-be and her future husband know each other pretty well!
So, in honor of my parents’ upcoming anniversary this month, I thought it would be fun to see if they’ve learned a thing of two about each other after nearly half a century.
What’s the first thing you noticed about mom?
Dad: She was sitting at the bar, enjoying a drink (note: my mom didn’t drink). And, she was cute. I knew I had a shot because I had on a nice coat and my fancy pipe. Her first words were I’d never go out with you.
What’s the first thing dad said he noticed about you?
Mom: That I was cute. The first thing I noticed about him was his stupid fancy pipe sticking out of his jacket. He thought he was something else but I showed him, told him I’d never go out with him! (46 years later…she sure showed him).
If you had a super power, what would it be?
Dad: I may be a superhero. I could actually be Superman and no one could disprove me because they’ve never seen us in the same place at the same time.
Me: The question was super power, not super hero.
Dad: Then I’d be a Viking warrior. Tap into my heritage (clearly, we were not understanding the question so it was time to move on).
If dad had a super power, what would it be?
Mom: He already has one…bullsh*t. It’s his hidden talent.
If you were stranded on an island, what’s the one thing you’d bring?
Dad: A boat.
If dad were stranded on an island, what’s the one thing he’d bring?
Mom: Rum and cigarettes.
If you were to cook one meal for mom, what would she want it to be?
Dad: Steak on the grill.
If dad were to cook you one meal, what would you want it to be?
Mom: Steak on the grill. Anything else would be my last meal on earth.
If you were a dog, which breed would you be?
Dad: I’d be a German Shepard; they’re smart, loyal, and tough. Your mom would be a Cocker Spaniel because everyone loves Cocker Spaniels.
If dad were a dog, which breed would he say he was?
Mom: Oh, he would definitely say he was a German Shepard because he thinks he’s smart, rough and tough and strong and that people are afraid of him.
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Dad: I do. But your mom will tell you differently.
Mom: Your dad. I wear skirts and dresses. Except one time he accidently wore MY pants to the gym so I don’t know what that says about him. Dad (who pipes in from down the hall): Yeah, but they fit me so I don’t know what that says about you!
What would mom say is your most annoying habit? What’s hers?
Dad: She’d say smoking. For her it’s talking.
Mom: Smoking. He’d say mine is griping about his smoking.
If mom could get rid of one thing of yours, what would it be? What item that belongs to her would you want to get rid of?
Dad: She would say my trains. And for her, I’d want to eliminate her phone.
Me: But the phone is yours, too.
Dad: No it’s not. You think I ever get to use it living with her?
If you could get rid of one thing of dad’s, what would it be? What item that belongs to you would he want to get rid of?
Mom: I would toss out his accordion! He certainly would not say to get rid of “my boat,” the one he “bought for me” that I never use and he uses all the time.
Which one of you takes the longest to get ready?
Dad: Do I ever need to answer that?
Mom: Oh, that’s me. He does not care if he has stripes, circles, polka dots, checks, plaids, stains or nothing!
Describe grandma and grandpa’s (mom’s parents) first impression of your using one of these cereal brands: a) Lucky Charms b) Wheaties c) Fruit Loop
Dad: It would be Cheerios.
Me: That’s not an option.
Dad: Oh. Well it works best because I can sometimes be cheery. But if I’m limited, I’ll have to go with Lucky Charms.
Describe grandma and grandpa’s first impression of dad using one of these cereal brands: a) Lucky Charms b) Wheaties c) Fruit Loop
Mom: It was definitely NOT Lucky Charms.
What is your favorite thing about mom after all these years?
Dad: I’d have to say her personality.
What would dad say his favorite thing about you is after all these years?
Mom: Probably that I keep his clothes clean.
Me: But earlier you said he doesn’t care if he has stains on his shirt.
Mom: Ah, you’re right. Then it’s because I give him food to eat.
This blushing bride of 46 years doesn’t even know how much her husband still adores her after all this time. While it may not be apparent to some, the love is in the answers above. Theirs is not a relationship that’s served as an inspiration to a Nicholas Sparks novel, but it is built upon mutual respect, admiration, protectiveness and most importantly, laughter.
Happy anniversary guys, I love you!