Couple Waits 9 Years to Open Wedding Gift
'Do Not Open Until Your 1st Disagreement,' a note instructed
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2016 7:48 AM CDT
Kathy and Brandon Gunn's best wedding gift was a box with a note that read, 'Do Not Open Until Your 1st Disagreement.'   (By User:Mattes (Own work) [CC BY-SA (//], via Wikimedia Commons)
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(Newser) – The best wedding present Kathy and Brandon Gunn received at their Michigan wedding was one they never opened—at least not for nine years. That was because the gift from great-aunt Alison came with a special instruction: "On the plain white box was a card that read, 'Do not open until your 1st disagreement,'" Kathy Gunn wrote in a post on the Love What Matters Facebook page, spotted by UPI. “Now, there had obviously been plenty of disagreements, arguments, and slammed doors throughout our 9 years," writes Gunn. "There were even a couple of instances where we both considered giving up ... but we never opened the box." Doing that, she says, "would have symbolized our failure." So the box sat on shelves in various closets through the years, gathering dust.

"It somehow taught us about tolerance, understanding, compromise, and patience," writes Gunn in a post that so far has racked up 14,000 likes. Finally, on Aug. 30, after the couple put their kids to bed and had some wine, they decided to crack open the box. Inside, they found wineglasses, envelopes of money, and some advice. To Kathy: Pick up a pizza or "something you both like," and get a bath ready. To Brandon: Go get flowers and a bottle of wine. "It was by far the greatest wedding gift of all," says Kathy. The Huffington Post rounds up photos of the couple here. (A math quiz was enough to tank this couple's marriage.)