Friday, December 31, 2010

December 31, 1972, I married this gorgeous, good man.

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There he is, my husband-to-be, not too many minutes before we got married.

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We wrote our own vows. I lost the 3x5 cards in a fire several years ago. Mostly I remember how proud we felt that we'd found each other, totally amazed in fact because I started out in Mississippi, ended up in Kansas City, and we came across each other at the Foolkiller Theater downtown where we acted in a play together, a play entitled "Transcenmental Hippiedations." We said from the heart that we would always be there for each other. Oh, before I forget, look at his beautiful hair! I did so love that man's thick, lustrous hair. Our best man is one of LeRoy's best friends, Ronnie. And my dress is not black, it's a deep pine green velour. I picked it to match the colors of the leaves in my bouquet of pyrethrum daises.

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The photo was too wide for the scanner to get it all, or at the least I didn't understand how to make the scanner get it all. Who knows? Anyway I couldn't leave out my wonderful matron of honor, Marsha.

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Here we are, embarking together on our married lives that began 38 years ago today at 2:30 p.m., Kansas City time. I had gone to the library and checked out a book about weddings. In it I read that getting married on the up-swing of the clock hand, from the half hour up to the hour, meant good luck.

We had that good luck until 1983 for 10 years, three months and 14 days before LeRoy died. Our sons were seven and four. A different kind of good luck has been with us ever since. We know we'll all be together again, someday.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thirty-eight years ago. God bless.

Lynette said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I've never, ever been good with math!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

What a great way to start the new year, reflecting on the past! Congratulations on a super life (and blog). Here's to another great year with the City Daily Photo community!

Jan (&Dave)
Greensboro, NC

Anonymous said...

He was a kind and gentle man. I love seeing that smile! And you haven't changed one bit.

Happy New Year
Cindy in Sugar Land, TX

Lynette said...

Cindy, you sweet, sweet woman. Thank you for being there in 1983 when I needed you so very much. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Brian said...

God bless you all.

Kim said...

Super memories, a beautiful couple, a joyful beginning. Thank you for sharing such happiness with us on your special day. Those markers of grief and hardship, like 1983, come to be part of a whole lovely story of our lives and the goodness and hardships in it make us who we are. Blessings to you today Lynette!

Randy said...

What wonderful photo memories. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary and even more happiness in the coming new year.

Chuck Pefley said...

Thank you for sharing this part of your story, Lynette. Never give up those memories!

Happy New Year!

Thiên said...

Lynette, that is a beautiful tribute. You and I were into it today, weren't we? Thanks for stopping by. Here's to a great 2011 for everyone!

NYC In Photographs said...

What a touching story. Death does not stop true love, it only delays it for a little while.

Have a great 2011!

Meri said...

Such sadness transmuted to hope. A tribute to true love....

Jilly said...

What a beautiful, sad, yet hopeful tale. One of true love and not everyone gets that. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary with all the wonderful memories you must have. And wishing you a very happy New Year - peace and good health and lots of wonderful photographs!

Sherry Stewart said...

Lynette, beautiful to share. Thank you. Sending blessings to you and yours this year and always. We should meet up sometime!!! Big hugs.

Julie said...

A love story with which to close out the year.

All the best to you and yours for 2011, Lynette. May you have both health and happiness.

Steve Scauzillo said...

Im fairly new to blogging and to your blog, so I didn't know your story. Very touching. Have a great 2011. (http://www.templecitydailyphoto.blogspot.com)

Anne said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

brian stout said...

happy new year, lynette! sorry for your loss, but i also know that everything happens for a reason and you got a couple great kids out of the union! =) here's to a happy and prosperous 2011 for us all!

joanny said...

a beautiful bittersweet story, A toast to the past that made you who you are today and a toast to the future to the woman you aspire to be and love filled year ahead.

I love that Oregon sign,

brattcat said...

May this anniversary always rekindle memories of a beloved man, of a beautiful family, of a grand adventure.

Virginia said...

What a dear post this is. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories with all of us. May you have a new year full of new and cherished memories and happiness.
V

Jacob said...

I did not expect this. It's a beautiful story and tribute to your late husband! Thanks for sharing. Love the photos, too. We were living in Mesquite, Texas in 1972 and our son, then in junior high, sported the same hair.

Best wishes to you and your family in the coming year, Lynette!

Z said...

Such a lovely post! Love LOVE love vintage photgrophs!!
Congrats!!!!!

VP said...

A lovely and moving post, thanks for sharing this with us.
Have a Happy New Year...

Jack said...

A loving tribute. For the rest of your life, youwill always view December 31 as ending something you miss or beginning something new and wonderful and hopeful. It will always be a mixture of both, but your attitude can shape the percentages for you.

Louis la Vache said...

What a moving tribute to your husband, Lynette.


«Louis» wishes you all the best in this New Year.

bfarr said...

True love holds up to the test of time. Wonderful photos.

ρομπερτ said...

A deep bow in respect of this entry of yours.

Love does negate time and distance.


A good new year and Sunday for you.

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