Kathy and Brandon Gunn from Michigan got married on September 1, 2007. Among the wedding gifts they received was a package from Katy’s Great Aunt Alison, reading: ‘Do NOT open until 1st disagreement’.
For 9 years and through three different relocations, the box remained untouched and forgotten on various closet shelves, collecting dust. Eventually, the couple made the decision to finally open it. Wedding day is eagerly anticipated by most of us, as it symbolizes the culmination of a cherished relationship and comes with a lot of guests and lovely gifts from family and friends. While some presents are delightful, others can be quite strange.
Kathy and Brandon Gunn’s wedding day was a typical celebration of love, surrounded by close friends and beloved family members who offered gifts and created unforgettable memories. However, their Aunt Alison’s gift stood out as particularly unique. On the wedding day, Aunt Alison presented the couple with an enigmatic gift and instructed them to open it only when they had their first disagreement. This left the couple excited and intrigued about its contents. Despite this, Kathy and Brandon obeyed their aunt’s instructions and placed the gift in their closet, eventually forgetting about it. As with many couples, the Gunns experienced various disagreements and conflicts, yet they never considered opening the meaningful gift, at least not until nine years later. Interestingly, the decision to open the box did not come during a time of conflict, but rather when Kathy and Brandon were discussing a wedding gift for their friends. Recalling the old box, they opened it and discovered the best present of their lives, even though their marriage was going well and their lives felt complete. Inside the box was a sum of money described as “life-saving cash” and two notes, one addressed to Brandon and the other to Kathy. Aunt Alison’s note to Kathy contained the following message:
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Upon seeing the words “bottle of wine,” “flowers,” “food,” and “bath,” it was easy to anticipate their next course of action. Kathy and Brandon harbor no regrets about opening the box nine years after receiving it. They believe that the box served as a special link that helped to sustain their relationship, fostering a marriage filled with love and support. The gift’s simplicity and well-meaning intention were what made it so meaningful to them.
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Kathy finally adds: “To us, it would have meant that we didn’t have what it takes to make our marriage work – and we’re both too stubborn and determined for that. So, it forced us to reassess situations. 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.’” Reading this story, it turns out that the small things actually do matter!

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