Monday, January 24, 2011

Second Anniversary, squared

I like to say that today is the second anniversary of our second anniversary. I like the way that sounds, though it’s more accurate to say it’s the second of our other anniversary. See? That sounds much too mercantile.

Two years ago today, on a blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon, Nigel and I had our civil union ceremony and became, legally, a couple under New Zealand law—married in nearly every way but name. So, today is the second anniversary of our civil union.

However, we always used to celebrate November 2, the day I arrived in New Zealand to stay, as our anniversary, and we’d had 13 of them by the time we had our civil union. So, January 24, our civil union ceremony day, was sort of our “other anniversary”, or, a “second anniversary” which makes today our second anniversary of our second anniversary.

This sounds like a lot of words and a round about way to describe a very simple thing, doesn’t it? I agree: The New Zealand government should just allow same sex couples to be married like the opposite-sex couples among our friends and family members.

But today, we really are celebrating our Second Anniversary, squared. I mean, why not?


Roger Owen Green said...

happy anniversary, however you parse it

paudecanela_nz said...

Happy [2nd anniversary]² or something like that! ;)

LordByronIL said...

Yes, happy anniverserarium! For a while there I thought you were cracking the ole math book. You guys are NOT square, fer sure!

d said...

Happy Anniversary! I can't believe it's been 2 years already - wow that has gone quickly!

seawall said...

I'm just imagining anniversaries of anniversaries stretching into infinity now :D Happy 2nd anniversary2!

Unknown said...

Happy anniversary. And when you finally can get married you can then have a new anniversary cubed.

Arthur Schenck said...

Thank you, everyone!

Roger: How often does one get to use "parse" in a blog comment?

paudecanela_nz: The ways to write that are endless!

LordByronIL: Thank you! But there was never any risk of ME having anything to do with arithmetic! ;-)

D: Time does indeed go quickly!

Seawall: Infinity may be a bit much to hope for, but thanks! :-)

Mark: I like the way you think! Thanks!

Dave said...

Happy (Belated) Anniversary guys! My husband and I had our CP ceremony in London last week, later this Spring I will move to the UK and start my new life as a "Wisconsin Yankee in Queen Elisabeth's Court"

Great Blog!

Dave F
San Francisco, CA (For now anyway...)

Arthur Schenck said...

Thank you, Dave, and be sure to let me know how you're getting on!!

P.S. I'm now following your blog!