Gunn and her husband had received the gift from her Great Aunt Alison, who'd been married to her husband for nearly half a century themselves. They finally decided to open the box after 9 years of marriage and definitely more than one disagreement.
Gunn wrote in a Facebook post, "I honestly think that we both avoided turning to the box, because it would have symbolized our failure. To us, it would have meant that we didn’t have what it takes to make our marriage work — and we’re both too stubborn and determined for that."
Gunn realized what the gift symbolized and the fear that came with it.
"So, it forced us to reassess situations. Was it really time to open the box? What if this isn’t our worst fight? What if there’s a worse one ahead of us and we don’t have our box?!? As my Great Uncle Bill would say, 'Nothing is ever so bad that it couldn’t get worse.'"
"So, we thought the box would save 'us' — and in a way it did. That box went beyond what I believe my Great Aunt had intended. It was by far the greatest wedding gift of all," Gunn said. It opened Gunn and her husband's eyes to a deeper realization about their marriage.
Gunn ends her beautiful post with an important thing to remember not just for her and her husband, but anyone in a relationship.
"Today, we decided to open that box, because I finally had a realization. I realized that the tools for creating and maintaining a strong, healthy marriage were never within that box — they were within us."