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Flashback Friday — It Must be Love

Flashback today to Oct. 1, 1961, my parents’ wedding anniversary.

Mom and Dad, Oct. 1, 1961. Love all the details in this photo, including the rogue foot in the lower left!

Mom and Dad, Oct. 1, 1961. Love all the details in this photo, including the rogue foot in the lower left! The cake knife is with us still. It has cut every family birthday cake for the past 52 years, its engraved handle a steady reminder each time.

Fifty-two years later, they’re still going strong, having weathered all manner of crazy obstacles life has a way of throwing at us all.

When I was small, it was a huge thrill to flip through their wedding album, its black-and-white chronicle somehow exciting and exotic to a kid of the day-glo late ’60s and ’70s.

Relics of their time, the photos are notable for their subjects’ serious expressions. No one smiles — although there is one photo bomb by my Uncle Richard, a man clearly ahead of his time, photographically speaking.

What color was lacking from the record of the day my parents filled in: My mother was so nervous, the dressmaker had to keep taking in her wedding gown (she had an 18-inch waist at the time of the big day); my Papa stepped on Mom’s dress; Dad was proud of his jacket choice; the chicken wasn’t cooked, but everyone managed to have a great time. If memory of their stories serves correctly, my Nana danced on the table.

Years later, my parents were dancing — in the living room, showing my sister, Traci, and me how to do the stroll.

Sure wish I’d paid more attention.

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday — It Must be Love

  1. I love Flashbacks. Makes me want to do one. I’ll need to pull out the album although my parents and grandparents took a lot of videos.

    Thanks for linking up to my weekly BlogLovin Hop (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/search/label/BlogLovin%20Hop), I appreciate the support and hope that you’ve made some new friends.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    Posted by journeysofthezoo | October 11, 2013, 10:17 pm
  2. 52 yrs? Only seems like 100! Boy, time flies when you’re having fun!

    Posted by mommy dearest | October 5, 2013, 8:59 am
  3. What a wonderful homage to your parents. It takes a tremendous amount of love & patience to stand the test of time in a marriage. P.S. I love your Mom’s dress, it is gorgeous!

    Posted by Lynn | October 4, 2013, 9:37 am

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