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Friday, February 18, 2011

"IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES...."

February 28th (10 days from now and a lifetime ago).  The day I married the love of my life, although I didn't know it at the time.  We'd been in lust for three months before he proposed.  Then I told him to ask me again after I finished bootcamp for the USN.  He did, and I accepted.  We set a date, after consulting the USN of course.  I went off to a Navy school in Key West FL and left him in the frozen north to arrange the wedding with my mother's help.  (I'm not certain why, but my sweetheart and my mother never did get along very well.). I returned to my hometown the day before the wedding.  I can highly recommend being in the military as a way to avoid pre-wedding jitters.  Who had time to be nervous?  I was too busy taking classes and standing watches to bother with nerves (oh and did I mention sight-seeing in Key West?).  Back to my wedding day.  The day was gloomy (winter in the northern US, what was I thinking?) and rainy.  But with all that Key West sunshine on my mind and the equal splendor of my beloved's smile, how could anything, even real water, dampen our day?  The ceremony was small (about fifty people), and informal (my attendants wore their prom dresses, my DH wore a leisure suit).  The minister called for everyone in the chapel to stand with us and witness the vows we'd written ourselves.  I swear he spoke for about ten hours exclaiming what a terrific couple we were and what an exciting future we had together.  (Later, my mom said the speech was very brief, about five minutes.)  Then I kissed the love of my life; we walked down the aisle and out into the rest of our lives.  It was the best of times.

Thanks for reading.  Leave a comment, I love to hear from you, or better yet, tell me about your 'best of times.'  Click here http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/29595.html for the full text of this blog's title quote from Charles Dickens.

10 comments:

Jill Kemerer said...

Oh, this is so romantic! I can't believe he planned the wedding with your mom! I'm sure I would have ended up with scary colors (my husband jokingly suggested camouflage and hunter's orange!).

And you're still going strong--congrats!

Neecy said...

Congrats, this is a love story all in itself.
Very romantic.
Thanks for sharing.
Neecy

Kim Bowman Author said...

What a sweet story! I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and the love of my life 11 years ago as well and he is amazing.

Congrats and many many more.

Kim

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

Wonderful to read a "True Romance" story. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on staying in love these many years.

Marianne Evans said...

Heart touching, humorus and sweet, Sue! Great post - I really enjoyed it! :-)

Jenna Rutland said...

Oh, Sue, what a great story. I would have loved to hear the conversations between your soon-to-be-husband and mother over the wedding arrangements!! Hope you two have a wonderful anniversary.

Susan Charnley said...

Thanks Jenna, Marianne, Patrice, Kim, Neecy, and Jill. This February marks our 35th anniversary, and yes we're still very much in love. My Sweetheart is the most thoughtful man and very funny, so I've got decades of stories like the one posted here.
If you'd like to find out how we almost didn't become involved with each other check out my Flights of Fancy blog http://suecharnleyandrueallyn.blogspot.com/

Patti Shenberger said...

Sue, that is the sweetest story. Early Happy Anniversary wishes to you and hubby.

Sloan Parker said...

And you're still going strong and in love? That's wonderful. Congratulations, Sue! I think it's great that your hubby did all the planning with your mom, especially since they didn't get along all that well. What a great guy!

Susan Charnley said...

Thank you Patti and Sloan for the good wishes and leaving a comment. I really do believe I'm one of the luckiest women alive.