December 8th, 2009

XBox Me

The Annotated Refrigerator

So, you know how a lot of people collect souvenirs when they travel? Spoons, or shot glasses, or the like? Well, in my family, we (and when I saw "we," I mean "my mother") collect magnets. It's a rule with my brother and me that when we go somewhere, we bring a magnet back for Mom. Needless to say, I grew up with a fridge full of magnets.

When I moved in with gamethyme, he had all of about four magnets on his fridge. This, I felt, was unacceptable. Over the years, I have slowly snagged a few of my favorite magnets from home, and we've started collecting more magnets from friends and such. And, of course, with magnets come things to put on the fridge - pictures, cards, that sort of thing.

This picture isn't just a note on how obsessive my husband can be (I mean, he did just spend twenty minutes annotating a photo of our fridge, after all), but it's a snapshot of the life we've built together. Lives aren't all about the big things, the ceremonies, the births - they're letters from friends and magnets made from favorite board games, photo cards of family and things that lead to five-minute stories.

It's the little things, you know?