October 3rd would have been my parent's 55th wedding anniversary.
Sadly, we lost my Father 8 years ago. There is not a day that I do not think of my Dad and I know it is the same for my brother and my Mom. Their anniversary is always a little hard for Mom so we will be taking her out to dinner this evening, to a place she has been wanting to try. I wanted to share a few pictures from their wedding album with you. If the church looks familiar, we were married in the same sanctuary. You may remember the photos of our 1978 wedding that I shared in August.
My folks met at Carolyn's Flowers here in Dayton. Mom worked there during her vacations from Ohio State University and later, during her Summer breaks as a school teacher. My mother taught 3rd grade for 32 years.
Dad was the shop's delivery man. He worked there as his *off duty* job from the Dayton Fire Department. My dad was a career fire fighter for 26 years.
As you might have guessed, Carolyn did all the wedding flowers as her gift to my Mom and Dad and they were beautiful.
And yes, they were a good looking couple if I do say so myself! Heck, my Dad was a looker! I still have friends who see their wedding portrait and swoon when they see Dad. *grin*
Dad's best man was his life long buddy, Jack. Jack passed away not long before Dad did. I can imagine the two of them, in Heaven, sitting around a table with a coffee cup in hand, discussing world events. Mom's attendants were Kathleen and Rosemary. Both were childhood friends of Mom's. Kathleen and Mom were later roommates at OSU. They all remain friends today. Mom just spent several days with Kathleen at her home in Minnesota and was able to spend some time with Rosemary, last month, at her home in Pennsylvania.
My Mom and Dad were always devoted to one another. They bickered, as most couples do, from time to time but were always there for one another and were always in love. I was, and still am, so proud to be their daughter. Mom? I will always love you and Dad....you are both
forever in my heart. Happy Anniversary. Yes, Dad may be gone from ths world but it is STILL your anniversary day. Hold those sweet memories close and know that Dad is with us.