Friday, February 12, 2010


Mom and Dad started their married life in Santa Cruz, California in 1946. My Dad had just got out of the Army and they took off on the adventure of a lifetime, some people just call it "Marriage!" Wages were low in Arkansas and there weren't a lot of jobs, so when they married they decided that their best chance of a new life should start 1900 miles away in California. They were young and in love, and you just need each other and a little food to survive!

It must have been difficult for their parents. My Dad's mother was a widow and had just welcomed her son home from the war. Mom's parent's had only her to dote on, she was an only child. But if you are a good parent you realize that this is meant to be. The time has come for your child to spread his wings and fly. It would be wrong to expect anything less. You celebrate their accomplishments, you revel in their victories and you cry when they hurt.

They were a good team, always pulling together instead of apart. They loved being on that first adventure together and seeing new things. Years later when they would talk about California, there was a sparkle in their eyes. It was hard for me to understand then, now I do.


  1. Love the picture of your parents. It's so interesting to hear the stories of how people made it work.

  2. Ahh.. love stories that touch the heart. Deep love that covers all.

    Happy Valentines Weekend!

    with love

  3. I love to think about my parents when they were young and in love. Sometimes it's hard to think of them that way, when they are gone, like mine, or when they are old and sickly. All the hopes and dreams that they had when they were us :-)

  4. i think all newly weds should start their new life away from family. but i don't want any of mine to do that. i want grandkids close bye. selfish i guess! have a great weekend!

  5. What a nice tribute to your parents...wonderful!

    "Twenty years from now....." a good reminder, thanks!

  6. This is a wonderful tribute to such a loving relationship

  7. A wonderfully written love tribute to your parents. I'm lovin' that picture. Thanks for sharin' your wonderful memories.

    God bless and ya'll have a fun Valentine's Day!!!

  8. This story is almost identical to my parents...they started their married life in Calif and will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this May...happy days...

  9. Your dad was a handsome man and your mom was just beautiful! What a lovely love story they had!

    When I married my husband we moved out of state for four years. It was wonderful!

  10. What a beautiful Mom and handsome Dad. A lovely story, a sweet couple. Memories to be cherished.

  11. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  12. Sweet story!

    I have a little hand stitched motto in my kitchen saying...
    "Two gifts you can give to your children--Roots & Wings". And that is hard to do! Both of our children live close by. But I moved 500 miles away from my parents and my mother gave me my wings.

  13. What a wonderful photo. I've always thought it a shame we could never know our parents when they were yound. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Blessings...Mary

  14. I don't have to ask my parents about their old days stories! They talked about it all the time. And I love to hear it from them. You just can't buy this kind of life time stories, you know!


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