Monday, June 26, 2017

A picture IS worth a lot of words.

You may not remember, but I promised in a previous post that I'd tell about this picture.
So now I will.
(I'm mainly doing this for me, to have a record for myself... as if I'd forget!)

There are three things of interest (to me) with this picture...

1. Notice the length of the candle.
It is so short because our wedding started 45 minutes late and the candle had been lit 5 minutes before the wedding was supposed to start.
What happened: the flower girl, our little niece Jennifer, didn't show up with her parents for the wedding. There were no cell phones back then, so we were at a loss as to where Jennifer and her parents were. You can imagine the fear that my in-laws were experiencing. We sent out some people in a car to go look for our flower girl. They found Jennifer's car broken down. THEN that car that went to get Jennifer and Ken and Pat ALSO broke down. We didn't know any of that until the reception (at my parents' house), where somehow Jennifer and her parents managed to go (in some car that worked) thinking we had already been doing the wedding.
We went ahead with the wedding at my insistence, though we were all nervous about it.
So we got together at the reception. Whew! Everybody was thrilled to see little Jennifer (and her parents).

2. Notice the dress I'm wearing. I thought it was beautiful and I didn't spend a dime on it! It was my twin's dress from her wedding the year before. Why not wear it, I thought!
I did have the veil redone, just so I would have my own look. It cost just $10 to get that veiled redone. 
(I've always liked saving money.)

3. Finally, when I took that picture to be framed three months after the wedding, the lady at the picture frame place asked me if that was my daughter.  !!!  Really. That is what she asked me!!!
When I told her it was me, she said, "Oh dear. Of course. I didn't look at it well."
Yeah, right.
So I tell people that evidently marriage can age some people really fast.

I know some of my blog readers will remember that wedding, because they (you) were there - waiting and waiting.
I (crazily) wanted to have the wedding to start at 8 pm - so it would be dark enough outside that the candles would be pretty.
Well, that meant that the wedding didn't actually start until 8:45 (because of that #1 explanation).
Well, I should have been more mindful of our guests - even if the wedding started on time. Our wedding was in Colfax, TX, where no one lived that attended the wedding (except my folks). People had to come from all over... and most had to drive home that night. (Colfax is 2 hours from Fort Worth - and farther (further) from other places, of course.)

If I had to do it again, I would still wear that dress, but I would have the wedding in the afternoon.
And I would have had a car mechanic make sure all the cars were in tiptop shape. (Hindsight, you know.)

There you have it.

Thanks for reading.

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