An Airport Anniversary: A True Story

By Tanya, age 14, Alabama

Everyone celebrates their marriage anniversary in some unique way or the other. My parents' anniversary took a very unexpected turn this year on December 31st, New Year's Eve. My parents' sixteenth marriage anniversary took place at the airport! Only, it wasn't a flight taken from the airport that day - it was the worst marriage bad luck ever!

We arrived at the airport on December 30th at 6:00 in the evening. Our flight was "supposed" to be at 8:00 that evening, as it was written on our boarding passes. However, when we got to the airport, we found out our booking ID number had been changed, and we had not been informed, and our flight had taken off at 8:00 that morning!

There was no other alternative, except to take a morning flight, the first one being at 9:30 the next morning. So we decided to camp out at the airport, fishing out our shawls and spare jackets, since it was freaking cold!

Now my parents were sorely disappointed because their first anniversary in India after 10 years was taking a completely crazy turn. However, being the unique people they are, they decided to make even this anniversary a special one. My dad, on the pretense of going to the bathroom, sneaked off to this little pastry shop in the airport where he bought a platter of brownies that he stacked up in a tower. This was the "cake."

My mom went over to the airline counter, stapled two pieces of paper together, and made my dad a card. Though it was the rawest card ever in terms of decoration, she tapped into her poetic brain power and wrote my dad a sweet poem.

Though the anniversary lacked pomp and festivity, my parents made it unforgettable. As they bit into the cake, instead of saying Happy Anniversary, they said, "Oh how I hate airports!"

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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