“Till death us do part” has been going out of style for so long, they’ve had to adjust the anniversary gifts:
I can’t help thinking it’s strange and not a little sad that contemporary anniversary gift suggestions are so different from the traditional ones. Back in the 1930s when the National Retail Jeweler Association published the traditional list they recommended tin or aluminum for a 10th anniversary present while pricey diamonds were reserved for the 30th anniversary, a point when a couple could presumably afford such largess and had, by remaining together, pretty much earned it. Under the modern anniversary gift list, the 10th anniversary is about diamonds, which pretty much reflects the sad number of marriages that don’t last a full decade.
To me, this is like having Pet Rocks for birthstones.
And I find no comfort in the idea that if half of all marriages end in divorce, this means that the other half end in death. (Choose wisely.)