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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ninteen Hundred Thirty Seven

Just for a moment, come with me.

We are going back in time to February 6th, 1937. It was the day that this young couple were married.

The young groom was a soft spoken man. He was a honest hard-working farmer, who owned his own farm, which he had taken over from his father. He owned a car and he had $100.00 to his name. The bride was a school teacher in a one room schoolhouse, though she had not taught since June of 1936, since a woman does not work once she is engaged to be married.



On this cold February day the couple wed. The groom had his brother at his side as his best man, and the bride had her sister as her maid of honour. The bride and groom were married in the groom's family home. Couples were always wed in the winter, that was when the farm was quiet.

After the wedding the couple took a vacation trip to Toronto Ontario, to the Royal York Hotel. This is one of the only times they were away from their farm.



The couple came home to their farm to start their life together. They worked their farm together well into their 70's. They had two children, and five grandchildren - I am proud to say I am one of those grandchildren.

I have happy and wonderful memories of my childhood with Grandma and Gramp.

Gramp was fun loving and always willing to take the time to play with me. We spent countless hours playing school. We had a little old chalk board where he taught me to read and to write. My first word was C-A-T, along with his drawing of a cat. I wish I had that little chalk board today!

Grandma was always busy working in the kitchen. When you came for a visit the first thing you did was look to see what fresh baking she had. I spent many days baking with her, and I am sure my love for beating something with a mixer stems from those young days. I can see her and I working in her pantry mixing cakes and cookies. I remember her old mixing bowl and beaters, those too, I wish I had.

Their 40th wedding anniversary, in February of 1977. (I am the dark-haired girl)


This is my mom and her brother, with Grandma and Gramp in June of 1994.


Looking back, I am so glad my grandparents were able to be with me on my wedding day, in June of 1994.

Grandma passed away in March of 1995, and Gramp passed away in January of 1996. I think of them so often and I keep their memory alive in my children. They know stories of their Great Grandparents and know that they will meet them in heaven one day.

Emily is born on March 11th, Grandma died on March 11th. Matthew shares July 30th as his birthday with Grandma. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?

On the occasion of their wedding anniversary I remember them, and try to go back to that day in which they were married, that day which was the beginning of my legacy!!

How blessed I was to have these two amazingly, special people in my life!!

27 comments:

Jenn(ifer) said...

I totally cried reading this! What lovely memeories.

Lori said...

what a great tribute and wonderful memories

conversationswithmoms said...

What a beautiful story and what beautiful pictures. You did a great job honoring their memories.

Janet said...

What an amazing couple! And how lucky you were to have them both a part of your lives for so long. A very special story!

Bee and Rose said...

Pam, that is such a lovely, very touching story:) I could feel the love you have for them in your words. I am filled with warm fuzzies! Thanks for sharing such special memories with us!

Hugs!

Laurie in Ca. said...

This is beautiful Pam, and the memories are so sweet. I am so glad that you are teaching your kids about this wonderful couple. Family memories are so important and precious. I love you girl.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Mighty M said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. Your children will so appreciate these memories when they are older (if they don't already!).

Brooke said...

What a great memory to share with us! What a wonderful story too.

Jillene said...

What a BEAUTIFUL post!!

Gypsy at heart said...

What a lovely tribute and a nice legacy.

♥georgie♥ said...

I agree beautiful tribute! thanks for sharing this...I so LOVED the photos you posted

kel said...

such a sweet post!! I love that!!

Kristina P. said...

They sound like amazing people!

This really touched me with the recent passing of my grandfather.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Aww, such sweet memories! I love old photos and I love even more seeing Grandma and Grandpa still holding hands over 50 years after they were married! What a blessing to have such memories to have and cherish.

ASHLEY said...

WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY....GREAT MEMORIES!!!

jamaise said...

Ok I Have tears running down my face. What a feel good post. Happy Anniversary to them :)))

It is very important to keep them alive in memory - the things they taught are being lost in the generations, but if we teach our children not only does it preserve our heritage, but it preserves those old standards that are being lost today.

Thank you for sharing Pam :))

The Blonde Duck said...

What a fabulous story! If only more couples were like that nowdays!

Debbie said...

What a wonderful tribute to a great couple. Well done!

Lana said...

Awe. I love it. Great post!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Beautiful post, Pam. Love those old pics.
How cool is it that your kids' birthdays are also special days for your grandparents? Coincindence? I think not! :)

jen@odbt said...

What a beautiful tribute to your grandparents. What wonderful memories of them.

Tasha said...

What a great story

love life said...

mom I cried reading this I wish i met Great Grandma and Great Grandpa they would have been so much fun to play with.I excited to see them soon in Heaven!!


Emily

hippo chick said...

What a wonderful post, and what a wonderful promise you and yours have that you will see them someday in heaven. I'll be so excited to see my mom, my aunt and my grandma along with my son and my sister. What a wonderful reunion that will be.

~hippo hugs~

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

What a wonderful memory post. Thanks so much for sharing!

LittlePeopleWealth said...

What a great memory post!

Marie Anakee Miczak: said...

Hi there Pam,
This has to be one of the most touching and inspiring stories I have read in a good long while. It gives a person hope that love that is lasting is possible! Things seem to jaded now it makes you want to cry (especially for those still single). Thank you for sharing and the pictures are so lovely too!

Thank you also for your super kind words at my place and I'm so happy to have followed you back to your place and read this post. Wishing you much peace, M.