As Hubby and I start sorting through an accumulation of 30-some years’ worth of stuff, certain personal artifacts make an appearance that bring back delightful memories.
Here’s one of those artifacts:
This pizza box with the words “Love Ya 2 Pizzas!” and several hearts drawn on it was created and given to me by Erik, my then-boyfriend and now-husband of thirty-some years. He’s a very romantic guy. 🙂
While we were courting, he would periodically sneak into my bedroom while I was sleeping and leave me gifts. My brother was his best friend at the time, so it was not unusual for him to be visiting our house.
I remember a bouquet of pink flowers as one of the gifts he left. I believe the pizza box was another overnight surprise. (Come to think, how did I not wake up? I was a very deep sleeper, but he must also have been incredibly stealthy and quick while leaving his gifts.)
I believe this box, which was appropriate to his job as a pizza cook, contained two music compact discs (or, as the kids call them, “CDs”). CDs at the time came in long cardboard boxes. They were in plastic jewel cases inside the boxes, which were eventually discarded by manufacturers as excessive packaging, with CDs just being sold in the jewel cases. I suspect the cardboard boxes were an attempt to keep people from stealing CDs by making them harder to conceal, CDs being rather spendy when they first arrived on the scene.
If memory serves, the CDs were “In My Tribe” by 10,000 Maniacs and “Introducing the Hardline” by Terence Trent D’Arby. My husband will correct me if I’m wrong, I hope!
What’s interesting about this box, which was meant to be ephemeral, is that it carries more love and sentiment for me than the CDs that were inside.
Check out the message Erik put on the side of the box for me:
“My Heart beats only for you!”
Isn’t that romantic? I love the touch of humor he included by drawing a human heart rather than a Valentine heart. His sense of humor is one of the many things I adore about him.
That Erik would take the time to so thoughtfully decorate a pizza box with such loving messages makes this a keeper for me, the packaging that became my long-term gift.
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