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Paper Chains of Memories

The night before Amy’s college graduation, Jordan went to work like an elf on Christmas eve. His supplies? Old-fashioned. Nothing fancy. Just white and yellow paper, scissors, glue, and four years of memories. He cut 30 strips of paper. Fifteen white, the bride’s classic color. Fifteen yellow, the color of friendship. On each one, he wrote high school and college memories from our last four years, our first four years. Then, he linked all thirty slips into a paper chain (reminiscent of childhood days) and brought it to Amy’s graduation ceremony the next day — which just happened to be 30 days before our wedding.

Jordan arrived at the arena and found Amy in a sea of maroon and gold caps and gowns. Some of the graduates wore multi-colored Hawaiian leis around their necks so their families could pick them out from the crowd. Others rhinestoned their caps for a little extra sparkle. Amy wore the paper chain that Jordan made for her the night before, the one with all of our memories tied together, building one upon the next, creating one constant story from many years and memories, like chapters in our own small love book. 
That paper chain hung around Amy’s neck when she received her diploma, and in her room for 30 days before our wedding. She cut off one memory each morning to start her day right and count down the days until we said, “I do.” It was the perfect way to remember how far we’d come and all the great times we’d had. To this day, we still have those white and yellow slips in a box mixed with our pink slips, and even though we’re older now and have a few more expensive things, those are still our most prized and precious possessions.

They’re our first real family heirlooms, and we wouldn’t trade them for all the jewels in the world.

If you’re looking for a free way to reconnect with someone you love, you just might need to open your supply closet, grab some paper and scissors, and create a memory chain of your own. Countdown something special, or maybe even nothing at all. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that don’t cost a thing.

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Want to catch up on The Pink Slip Files? You can read them all right here:

Intro: What Are the Pink Slip Files?
No. 1: Failing Pre-Marital Class & Otter DNA
No. 2: Sink or Swim
No. 3: Turning Off the Lights
No. 4: Leave a Message at the Tone
No. 5: Chocolates, Mystery Shows & Honeymooning
No. 6: Cutting Coupons & Wal-Mart Jeans
No. 7: Paper Chains of Memories
No. 8: Dancing on Bar Tops
No. 9: Man’s Best (Feline) Friend
No. 10: Confessions of a Waffle Fry
No. 11: What’s So Important About Shoelaces?
No. 12: Breaking Records… Like It’s 1924
No. 13: Why We’re Not as Classy as We Thought
No. 14: A Letter to My Only Starbucks Lover
No. 15: The Night We Killed Someone (Kind Of)
No. 16: Lord, It’s a Fire!
No. 17: 6 Words We Never Thought We’d Google
No. 18: How Jordan Convinced Amy… To Take Her Clothes Off. Every Time We Walk in the Door

 

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