Thursday, September 4, 2008

62 Years

I posted this on my folks anniversary a year ago today. They have made it another year.
I couldn't think of anything else to say about being together 62 years or about my folks except, Mommy And Daddy, you are still my heros.

Wow! Married to the same person, day in, day out, good times, bad times, three kids . . . wow!
My folks met in 1945 and married in 1946. The war was over, Daddy just back from Europe. While in the service to his country, he left a gawky teen and returned a man. He landed on the beaches of Normandy and was involved in many of the European Theater including the Battle of the Bulge. When he returned home to the states, he was stationed in New Jersey waiting to go home. Well sir, he met my Mother through one of her old classmates who was home from WWII and that was all it took. My Dad had seen the picture of my mother (above) in his friends billfold. My Daddy used to kid him, I'm going to take that gal away from you. You can figure out that they met and my Dad kept his word!

They eloped, breaking my Grandmother's heart! But Grandma came around to really love my Daddy and was proud to call him her son. That generation seemed to be in a hurry for more than marriage. I think that they were in a hurry to make up for the years lost to the war.

There is something about this particular generation that fascinates us today. They grew up in the depression, rallied around the flag against the Axis of terror, fought the Cold War, and spoiled their children T-totally rotten! Well, I can't say my folks spoiled me; I am a middle child after all! But like the rest of their peers, they envisioned a better life for their children than what they had.
I remember when we got our first TV. wow, I got to watch the Mickey Mouse Club and Sky King and Ramar of the Jungle! See, there I go rambling; this isn't about ME, it is about my folks!

My folks have always had an extraordinary love in my eyes. Daddy has always been the quintessential Southern Gentleman, never forgetting his good manners. He has always given my Mom flowers, candy and jewelry throughout their years together. He still opens the car door for her and pulls out her chair. Whenever a lady enters the room, he stands up. My Mom has spent her life being devoted to this man she choose for her husband. Their backgrounds couldn't have been more different!

My Mom was born and raised in Staten Island, New York,in a house built in the 1780's! She was born into an old family rich in the heritage of this nation.
My Daddy was born and raised in Spray, NC, dirt poor, always hungry, looking for a good time or to get into a scrapping! Can you imagine my Mother's thoughts as she moved into her new residence where there was NO electric, No indoor plumbing, and where she had to go outside and catch her own chicken dinner?! Well, youth will do anything for love . . . then and now!

They survived, their love has flourished, they raised their own family, took care of their own parents as they aged. Their backgrounds may have been so very separate but they were both raised to work hard, their word was their bond, and above all, they honored their parents. They have passed this onto my siblings and myself. I am so thankful to have had these two marvels as my parents. I tell them all the time that even if they weren't my parents I would enjoy their company. I like them as much as I love them.
Happy anniversary, folks. I wish we could all have another 62 years together!


Linda said...

What a wonderful tribute to two amazing folks! 62 is awesome!

Donna said...

God bless your sweet mom and dad!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

what a wonderful love story..I loved the music and the pictures...thanks for sharing and give your folks a great big hug from me!

Jenn said...

62 years is amazing! Wonderful story...loved it! Thanks for sharing and reinforcing the idea of true love!

KKJD1 said...

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! What a sweet story about your parents. You must have had a wonderful childhood with two wonderful parents like that! Hope they will have a blessed day. Love ya,Karen

Greeneyez2 said...

Love Love Love these photos! My how pretty your blog looks now :)
Thanks for stopping by. Gosh how things have changed for me lately in my life. Hopefully I can email you soon and tell you more.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Aww, Ladies. I felt kinda bad doing a repeat of last year, but, enduring love deserves a second glance! And yes, my childhood was a very special time of my life. The house was and still is filled with lots of laughter and affection. My folks are so dang cute!
Hey Greenie! Thanks for the heads up about the blog background site.
Ladies, if you like the look of my blog now, look on the side navigational and see the clickable for a free background with Blondie proof instructions.
Thanks for visiting.

Dixie Redmond said...

Blessings on you and yours, Miss Blondie. Love, Dix

quiltcrazygal said...

Oh Blondie how wonderful! I just love your tribute! What a wonderful feeling. God Bless! Jenna Louise

Anonymous said...

I hope they have a special anniversary celebration. My didn't they make a handsome couple! I can see why both of them eloped together.
Each year is increasingly cherished.

I have a little something for you on my blog.
In Appreciation,

Doreen said...

What a lovley tribute Blondie. :)Happy Anniversary to your Mom & Dad

Love the new look here!


Sherry said...

What a wonderful love story. Wishing much more happiness to your parents. Your site looks great Blondie.

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents sweetie!!hughugs

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