Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Fifty-Nine Years-- A Re-post with Update

 


November 9, 1963



Fifty-nine years!?! Where does the time go?



John's grandfather (with whom I am exchanging an air kiss here) and his wife had just celebrated their fiftieth anniversary a few days before our wedding. Back then, I thought they were really old . . .



The reception was held at my maternal grandparents' house, which had, in 1941, been the scene of my parents' wedding, and the wedding cake was a duplicate of theirs, baked by the same lady and in the same cake pan.

Of course there were little silver dishes of homemade butter mints on the table. It wouldn't have been a real wedding without them -- at least, that's what my mother and grandmother seemed to think.

Between mothers and grandmothers and the mandates of the Episcopal Church, John and I were swept away on a tide of This Is How It's Done -- lots of carrying on that, in retrospect, seems hard to believe.

Long ago and a galaxy far away. But it seems to have worked.

We'll be celebrating quietly at home as usual. Steak and crab cakes, cava and cookies. There's no place we'd rather be.

7 comments:

Jean Baardsen said...

This looks like a wedding you would write about. Not one that would be yours. Still, you looked absolutely beautiful in that gown!

Vicki Lane said...

Great comment, Jean. So true! I look at it and think Who ARE those people?

Barbara R. said...

Great to see a ritual that is carried forward by traditions in families...and then dropped by the next generation because it didn't fit their way of life any more. I saw two of my son's weddings, with much of the same pomp still. My third son chose a simpler personal union with his wife...no family. I don't even have the date! You sure looked lovely as a bride!

Marcia said...

COngratulations!

Anvilcloud said...

We had a church wedding and reception in the banquet hall. It was non-alcoholic, which I am sure left a few gasping. Lunch was a blur. I guess it was chicken. And we had lopsided wedding cake.

Unknown said...

Lovely! Happy Belated Anniversary!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Congratulations for 59 years and how wonderful the marriage and the way you celebrate now. Your family sounds like a treasure. And your hubby sounds like a treasure. Happy Anniversary and many more.