On July 24th Mom and Dad would have been married 64 years. Unfortunately, Dad passed away suddenly in 1981, leaving Mom a widow at the age of 54. Since then, Mom has lived alone, nuturing and caring for her family. She's never went out with another man nor has she even considered it. Dad was her only love and I know from things she says that she still misses him dearly.
The above photo is not one of their wedding, but it is of them in their younger years. That is the suit that Dad bought especially for their big day and he wore it to weddings and funerals for years. It was also the one he wore for his burial.
Mom and Dad met when Mom was quite young. He was eleven years older than she was. They married when she was 17 and he was 26. He worked from dawn to dusk and sometimes wasn't home when we kids went to bed. He brought home the paycheck and gave it to Mom to care for the house. They never believed in credit, so it was her job to save for what was needed, buy the groceries, make sure we had clothes and pay the household bills.
I only remember Mom and Dad having one argument in the entire time he was with us. They got along well and had a good marriage. For years they struggled financially but in later years were able to turn the tiny four-room clapboard house that Dad bought for $200 into a ranch style that had six large rooms.
I hope you enjoyed walking down Memory Lane with me. One thing I know that I'm going to do and that's ask Mom for a copy of their wedding picture.