by Brian and
Lori Ann Curley
don't have a happy childhood as a child, you must have one as an adult."
-Brian Curley, the World's Greatest Husband, on the Happy Adulthood
the time the World's Greatest Husband and I were married, we were at
the Milwaukee Public Museum (which
3 blocks from the Bradley
Center) walking through the exhibit "The Streets
of Old Milwaukee". Think cobblestones, not
Like any good museum, the exhibit had a gift shop, and I saw a
small tin, about 3-4 inches in diameter and oval-shaped. The tin
triggered a memory of something I wanted as a child, but never had. The
tin from my childhood was decorated with Holly Hobbie
and had inside a little plastic gold-painted tea set: four plates, four
saucers, four mugs, and a pot with a lid. A friend of mine in grade
one, and I offered to buy it from her, but she said no, and I respected
her decision. I still wanted that tea set, though.
The tin at the museum was decorated with Cucumber
Kitty, but I opened it anyway. Sure enough, the same plastic gold
dishes were inside. I took a sharp breath, which caught Brian's
attention. At that moment, he thought, "Whatever that tin is, I'm
buying it for her." because that same sharp breath was the sound I made
when he gave me my engagement ring.
After he purchased the tea set for me, I told him the story behind it.
That's when he told me his "happy adulthood" philosophy, and we've been
living it ever since.