There was a bit of angst in the Press household last night. Our daughter Grace lost a tooth, which is to say that my overzealous flossing knocked a somewhat loose tooth out of her seven-year-old gums. It was a bloodless coup, I’m pleased to report. No tears, at least not from Grace. Our son didn’t take the news as well. “I want to lose teeth,” screamed Anthony. Sometimes it’s hard to be five.
All this was followed by discussion of a short-notice tooth fairy visit. Grace generously offered to share her remuneration with Anthony and set about writing a note requesting that last evening’s deposit be evenly divisible by two.
That generosity comes from the lovely Lisa’s side of the family. Boy Scouts and Girl Guides — who seem to want a good deal of my money these days — will attest to this. It’s among the reasons I’m grateful Lisa married me, eight years ago today. In recognition of the best years of my life, here are eight (on-topic) reasons I would marry her all over again:
- She agreed to the wedding. My family and friends have reminded me with some frequency that this was, in and of itself, an extraordinary act of generosity. I don’t dispute that, but I do feel a responsibility to note that she also buys much nicer birthday gifts than I do.
- She was frugal before frugal was cool. Lisa’s a stay-at-home mom, and she manages our day-to-day finances like a deficit hawk. I love that about her. The kids never want for anything. I’m going to have to wait for a new iPod, but that’s probably a good thing.
- She knows what a price-to-earnings ratio is. Lisa and I were both financial journalists when we met. It’s a pleasure to be able to discuss what’s going on in my professional life — and in the world around us — with a peer I trust and respect.
- She reads my blog. And she reads it critically. I often share ideas and early drafts with her before posting. Lisa always makes me sound better.
- When we decided to live together, we moved into a downtown Toronto home she owned. Eight years later, we’re a good deal further ahead because of her early real estate investment.
- She also earned more than I did. No need to elaborate on that.
- We never stop talking about money. It’s never hard to do, and it’s never confrontational. I love Lisa’s approach to budgeting and we value each other’s opinion.
- She lets me write about her. That kind of patience should never be taken for granted.
Happy anniversary, Lisa. I love you.
More smart tips for newlyweds:
- Co-ordinate your health-care plans and save
- Newlywed home-buying mistakes
- Living happily ever after
- Five financial planning milestones
- How to live happily ever after
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