LOOK: Couple Waited 9 Years to Open a Wedding Present

A couple who tied the knot 9 years ago has decided to open a wedding present just this year. So why exactly did they wait almost a decade to take a peek at the gift?

Kathy and Brandon Gunn of Michigan have left one wedding present sitting unopened in their closet for years. Apparently, the gift box was accompanied by an envelope that read “Don’t open until your first argument”.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Love What Matters

All married couples know for sure that it would be impossible for the Gunns not to have an argument in the past 9 years, let alone in a month’s time. According to Kathy, there were indeed plenty of “disagreements, arguments and slammed doors throughout our 9 years” but she and her husband chose not to open the box.

“For 9 years (and three moves) that box sat high on a shelf in various closets gathering dust, yet it somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise and patience,” Kathy wrote in her post featured on the Facebook page of Love What Matters.

In May this year, the Gunns were drinking a glass of wine on their deck when they suddenly remembered the unopened box from Great Aunt Alison. After years of patience and determination, the couple finally decided that night was the right time to open the box.

Inside the box, the couple found some cash, notes, wine glasses, a vase and bath products. While the note addressed to Kathy instructed her to use the money for pizza and to get a bath ready, the note for Brandon said he could use the cash to buy a bottle of wine and flowers.

“Our marriage strengthened as we became best friends, partners, and teammates. Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realization. I realized that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box – they were within us,” Kathy said in her post.

Read the full Facebook post below.

Tips to Keep Your Marriage Healthy

Going on a romantic getaway or consulting a marriage therapist aren’t the only ways to make your marriage stronger. Keeping your marriage healthy takes a lot of planning, hard work and commitment.

Here are some smart tips to keep the fire burning.

  1. Keep yourself fit and healthy.
  2. Make a financial plan.
  3. Lay down family rules.
  4. Prioritize sex.
  5. Be open to change.
  6. Stay active as a couple even as you age.
  7. Talk to a couple of friends when big issues come up.
  8. Rediscover each other as a couple.