The fall after we married we received an unexpected package in the mail. It was months after our wedding, and too early to be a Christmas gift. Upon opening it, we were delighted to find that someone had sent us a set of beautiful glass Christmas ornaments for our first tree as a married couple. The ornaments were all different shapes, and each ornament had a special meaning that was explained on an enclosed card. I laughed heartily at the time when we discoverd that the fish, the symbol of fertility, was broken. We were nowhere near ready for kids at the time, and I thought it was fitting that the fish was broken. I still absolutely cherish these ornaments, and carefully tie them to the tree branches with ribbon each year, so there is no chance a stray tail or feisty paw will cause them to fall off and be smashed.
I recently mentioned to Terrific T. that we needed to buy a fish ornament for the tree, to replace the one that arrived broken so many years ago. When he asked why, I reminded him about the broken fish ornament and its meaning. Yesterday, while I shopped the Victoria's Secret bra sale, he disappeared from the store. He returned a short time later with this:
Yes, it's covered in glitter and sequins, and I find it magical nonetheless. And yes, I feel blessed to have a husband who wholly buys into the notion that a fish ornament will fix our fertility troubles.