I reconnected with an old friend recently. Well, he’s a former colleague but to be quite honest, we went through so many ups and downs at our former company that I truly consider him a friend now. We were both there for a long, long time and endured the multiple acquisitions, layoffs, organization shifts and more. That’s the sort of stuff that makes you more than colleagues; you become friends as you experience all these real life business changes that don’t always make sense yet, together, you have to help make it all make sense to your teams. So, lucky me, we’re friends now.
In November of 2006, my friend wed his long-time girlfriend at the historic House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. In his words, he “had a blast.” Their first date as a married couple was a few days later; they took a class a the Boston Center for Adult Education and learned how to make gingerbread houses together. And as a present for his bride, feeling boosted by his class, he challenged himself to create a gingerbread replica of the House of Seven Gables. The 2006 version was, in his words, a “mess.” But the 2007 version (pictured here) was markedly improved and he has big plans for 2008.
So I realize we’re way past the holidays and you may be gingerbreaded-out… but I found this story to be too romantic to not get a post on this site. He’s created a holiday tradition in his household and he has one very lucky wife.