“Do Not Open Until First Disagreement” 9 Years Later, Couple Finally Opens Wedding Gift Given By Great Aunt

Kathy and Brandon Gunn have been married for nine years and have yet to open one of the several wedding presents they got when they married.

Kathy’s great aunt, Aunt Alison, gave her a white box as a present, which she kept on top of a shelf in their wardrobe for many years.

It wasn’t, however, because the couple didn’t like the present. It was Aunt Alison’s suggestion that the present be opened just after the couple had their first fight.

The wedding present came with an envelope that said, “Do not open until first argument.”

When Aunt Alison originally delivered the gift to Kathy and Brandon, they promised to follow her wishes and wait until they had their first quarrel before opening it.

Despite the fact that they have had several arguments and conflicts throughout the course of their 9-year marriage, Kathy and Brandon have never opened the present.

“I honestly believe we both avoided looking at the box because it would have represented our failure.” To us, it would have suggested that we lacked the ability to make our marriage work – and we’re both far too strong and determined for that.”

“As a result, it compelled us to reconsider our positions.” Was it truly time to take the box out of the box? What if this isn’t our toughest battle yet? What if the storm becomes any worse and we don’t have our box?!? “‘Nothing is ever so awful that it couldn’t get worse,’ as my Great Uncle Bill would say,” she continued.

When the couple was debating what to acquire for a wedding in Kalamazoo, Kathy remembered Aunt Alison’s present, which had left an indelible effect on her.

They then chose to unwrap the present. Kathy and Brandon spotted two letters as soon as they opened the package, one addressed to Kathy and the other to Brandon.

Even money was hidden inside the letters.

The note to Kathy said, “Go grab a pizza, shrimp, or whatever you both like.”

“Go grab flowers and a bottle of wine,” Brandon was advised in his letter.

Along with the messages, the couple received a crystal flower vase, two crystal wine glasses, bath soap, moisturizer, and bubbles, all for when they reportedly needed them the most.

Kathy writes, “All along, we imagined the contents of that box contained the secret to salvaging a marriage — an age-old technique – unbeknownst to us novices.”

Kathy went on to say that it was the profound message behind the box that meant so much to her, not the contents of the package.

“After all, my Great Aunt and Uncle had been married for almost 50 years.” So we hoped the box would save ‘us,’ and it did in a manner.”

Rather of opening the box in the early days of their marriage, Kathy and Brandon opted to address their problems and find solutions to their disagreements, which has helped their marriage grow stronger over the years.

Aunt Alison’s present was extremely thoughtful!


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