Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"In 1960"

These two beautiful people are my Mom and Dad.
My sister and I, during our conversations, have brought up the fact that we think we have very yummy parents. 'Yummy' is a word we use fondly to describe the fact that we think they are the best parents in the entire universe. So many times we have both randomly sighed and asked, "Don't you just love daddy and mom?" On this we agree, they are loving, kind and have poured themselves into our family unit and we have no doubt that we are loved. This is such a good feeling and I am proud to say that I belong to them.
They had a teenage romance before daddy left to serve as a Marine and married when he was through serving in 1960. They have many stories that we girls love to hear over and over, as they are the tales of two lives that represent our coming into existence. They both say that it was "love at first sight" and 46 years later, they are still together, holding their family in the palm of their hands.
~Mom used to sit outside on her front porch hoping that daddy would drive by in his cool car.
~Daddy gave mom driving lessons when she was 17. She crashed the car and seriously injured her knee, a problem that she still lives with today.
~Mom thought that daddy was a dreamboat and used to play with the dark curl that fell from the front of his hair do.
~They wrote each other while daddy was in the service. That slowly died down and when he came home, he looked mom up right away and asked her to marry him. She was shocked that he still held a torch for her all that time.
~Daddy always knew he was going to marry the French girl. He made up songs about her name and still sings them today.
~Mom says that daddy was a nice dresser and always smelled good.
~On their wedding day, pictures were taken on the lawn and bugs went up mom's dress and got caught in the netting.
~Their wedding was filmed and we have watched it a number of times.
While none of these stories may seem worthy of any movie or book, they are the stories of two people that I love very much. They are stories that I will never forget, they are foundational to who I am, they are my life while I was still a dream in my parents future. They own these stories and now, I do too. They smile fondly while telling them, I smile fondly, knowing every detail, but nevertheless, love hearing them over and over.
These are stories that I have told my children and one day, will tell my grandchildren.
And then they can own them too.


Blogger liz elayne said...

beautiful. thank you for this glimpse into where you come from.
love it and the yummy picture too. :)

12:03 AM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

love my marmie and daddy.

i never tire of looking at this picture.

lil sis

12:04 AM  
Blogger bb said...

The stories we treasure about our families, about the origin of who we are, these are the best stories of al x x x

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

That was the most lovely story. Your parents sound like wonderful people. Your mommy and me must be kindred spirits---her name is Teresa---and we are both french.


7:58 AM  
Anonymous your little one said...

you forgot the best part...what marky and i call them...orange grandma and vovo...those are other stories you can tell as well. love you mommy!!

11:26 AM  
Blogger b/sistersshoes said...

My darling baby girl~
you're right!
VoVo and Orange Grandma are the most important part of the story.

I love you sweet pea...

You're Moma xoxox

12:20 PM  
Anonymous angela marie said...

ahhh! What a beautiful couple.
Your mom looks the same today...just beautiful. I love her stories, she is a sweetie, just like you Darlene.

Thankyou for sharing!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

O! Darlene! I bet YOU love to watch that romantic film of their wedding day!!! What a treasure that is! Your marmie's gown is beauty full!!! and look at your daddy's wonderful bright JOYfull smile! Thanks! for sharing such a sweet love story!!! xoxooxo ps. Don't you just love romance???

2:19 PM  
Anonymous angela marie said...

Hey! In this picture, I can really see your Dad in Mark.

You have a very good looking family!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Thats a nice scrap LO Dar.
That is one beautiful story sweets.
Very special.
No wonder you and Deni are so very lovely.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

I love this picture-and I think those are very movie worthy memories.


6:42 PM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

such a romantic sory D
i love love stories so much, who doesn't??

Cheers for love!!


10:46 AM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

what a sweet love story and what a loving place to come from. and even better that you celebrate it. they must be so proud.

6:02 PM  

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