“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” ~ James C. Dobson
Yesterday would have been my parents 75th Wedding Anniversary. Years pass in the blink of an eye. From what I understand, the ceremony was small and modest but charming just the same. I decided to get married the day after their wedding date, 25 years ago. The date had special meaning to me and each year I become more aware of the similarities between the two marriages. Sadly, my mom had passed some years prior to my wedding; however I was grateful to have had my father escort me down the aisle.
It’s unfortunate I have no photos of their wedding day although I remember spotting what was rumored to be my mom’s wedding dress in an old cedar Hope Chest. The dress appeared to be about a size 0 or 2 by today’s standards and was a stunning yet casual, pastel periwinkle blue, my mother’s favorite color. Truth be known (and it will be now), I tried it on when I was in my late teens or early twenties and tore some of the seam stitching; I was obviously a little larger than a size 2! I still wonder what ever became of that dress… (Notice the difference in my dad’s hair in 25 yrs? From a “bush” to “barely there!” LOL)
With 5 brothers and sisters, it’s also baffling that no one can recall where the boxes of photo albums and black and white snapshots stored with the cedar chest disappeared to. As a child, I used to flip through the photos, giggling at how funny the styles looked “back then.” I’ll keep my fingers crossed and say a prayer that someday they’ll materialize before I’m too old to see them clearly!
My 25th Anniversary began with a mammogram and bone density screening. That was so much fun! Not. Actually, I planned to have the tests done on this date so it would be easier for me to recall when I had them for future reference. So far, the remainder of the day is up in the air. Maybe the man I considered my “Prince Charming” a quarter century ago will have a surprise in store. We’ll have to wait and see.