Today would have been my parents' 55th wedding anniversary

Thursday, September 15, 2011

and so I am celebrating that here, with this photograph I took of them just before my brother walked his wife down the wedding aisle in the early 1990s.  Don't they look beautiful?

When, earlier today, I called my dad for our daily chat, I asked him to tell me about their wedding, years ago.  It was modest, he said—the ceremony conducted at Southwestern Presbyterian Church, where my mother grew up, and the reception—sandwiches, champagne—held in Swarthmore.  Afterward the newlyweds set off for a drive toward New England, but my father, wracked with a fever, soon brought them home.  "There were no phones, of course," he told me.  "And so we had quiet those first few days in our new house together.  Your mother got out the sewing machine and began to dress the house with curtains."

That would be just like my mom, making things beautiful.  And it is just like my dad, today, to make my mom the story's center.  I send them both my love at this hour—my dad just down the road from me, my mom perched high in heaven.


bermudaonion said...

Lovely post. My parents would have celebrated 61 years tomorrow.

Wendy said...

Oh Beth, this is such a beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing it.

Anna Lefler said...

What a sweet, sweet shot.

Happy anniversary to them both.



Mandy said...

That's a lovely story, Beth, and a wonderful way to remember your mom. Happy Anniversary to your parents.

Lilian Nattel said...

They look very happy, Beth.

Haddock said...

That is touching.
And you Dad could relive everything to the minute detail.
Thats memory at its best.

Amy said...

Such a beautiful post and a wonderful tribute to your parents.

Your poor dad sick on what was supposed to be their honeymoon...It's nice that it was just the 2 of them alone in their house the first few days even though your dad was sick.
I love how your mom set up beautifying the house and didn't spend time lamenting the lost honeymoon.
Your parents sounds like very special people.

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