Say it flowers, say it with chocolates, say it with breakfast in bed or even a home-made card if you’re brassic. But don’t ever, under any circumstance, say it with taxidermy .
Or, if you do, be aware it may very well end up in the bin, or on eBay.
While your first anniversary is bound to be special and memorable, ‘paper’ probably isn’t the most thrilling of substances.
That said, there’s no reason to go massively off-piste with a romantic gesture , like one, erm, imaginative husband.
Two years ago, his wife, known only as Catherine, was gifted a taxidermy cat for their first wedding anniversary .
Here he is
N.b. That’s a real, alive-and-breathing cat in the background of the photo, by the way.
Luckily Catherine saw the funny side and although she did put it up for sale on Ebay , the accompanying description was very amusing – and very apt.
“My husband garbage picked a very badly taxidermied cat for me for our first wedding anniversary, because nothing says I love you like’ your favourite animal, only dead.”
“It was clearly someone’s (elderly) pet, and its tragic gaze is hauntingly beautiful in a way. Not a way that I want in my house, but I imagine someone might.”
And some does indeed want to see that tragic gaze every day. Bidding has in fact ended on the item and it sold for £102.
Catherine did manage to hold on to the cat (called Paper) for an impressive two years, but in the end worried, “about the long term psychological effects on my two (alive) cats, who have now accepted living with a dead, badly stuffed relative as normal.”