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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Today, March 1 is My Parent's Anniversary



That's my Mom, Jean and my Dad, Bud on the day they married. All that I know is that it was March 1st. I don't know the year. My Dad was a Hydraulic Engineer for the government and my Mom was still in high school. The met when my Dad came into town one week while he was on a job assignment. My grandparent's owned a little country store in Alabama and my Dad stopped in for a Coca~Cola. They met that day and saw each other every night that week. When it came time for Dad to leave my mother told her parent's that she was going with him. She was so young that that's my Papa with them because he had to go sign for her to get married. They are standing on a bridge somewhere in Helena, Alabama.

My Dad passed away on a Sunday morning very unexpectedly at the age of 45 on June 6, 1976. My mother passed away on August 7, 1977 at the age of 41. My Papa that is standing with them left this earth in 1978. I was 13, 14 and 15 years old respectively.

My darling Grandmother, Christine came to live with us, as there were 4 of us and not many people can take on 4 children. She was my rock. She held us together and wiped my tears when I cried.......especially for my Daddy because I was the only girl and we all know that all girl's are Daddy's girl's.......

Anyway, Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. I know that you are together. It has been many, many years and yet it seems like only yesterday. I know that you are together and happy and that is what I want for you.......to be together and happy. I miss you though........

This last snapshot is one in honor of my Dad who was a wounded Korean War Veteran. He drove an ammo truck to the front line and on the way back from the run, he and his buddies ran over a mine. Had they run over that mine when the truck was full of ammunition they would have all been killed. As it was, only he and one of his buddies survived and both got Purple Hearts. When he died, he was given full military honors and we still have the flag that was draped over his casket. This one's for you Daddy.



*****"Every man has his secret sorrow which the world knows not: and often time we call a man cold when he is only sad"*****

~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~~


Steady On
Reggie Girl

38 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story. I understand your loss for your parents and the gratitude you have for your grandmother's love for you all. Your parents were a very handsome couple. You should be very proud of your father and his sacrifice for our country. I hope you feel peace and have fond memories this day especially.

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  2. Your mom was beautiful! Sad your parents died so young. Very sad.... but at the same time a lovely story... thanks for sharing.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  3. What a sweet post! That's a great picture of your family and I'm sure it brings lots of happy memories. Thanks for sharing!
    Tracy

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  4. What a beautiful snapshot! And many thanks for the wonderful accompanying article.

    Greetings from London.

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  5. oh gosh, that breaks my heart but you are so lucky to have known them and loved them...I wish you had not lost them at such a young age. Happy Anniversary to them and what a great place for them to celebrate - in heaven. Bless your heart for sharing with us.

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  6. omg i am sitting here with tears i my eyes. i feel so much for you. i lost my parents at the ages of 57 and 59 when i was in my early thirties, and from 1980-1984 we lost 12 members of our family (and none of them died in bed of old age!). my god, you were so little.... this has formed your life and made you who you are, and you will always be a part of them and the 'see' you daily! hugs for today.

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  7. what a beautiful story and a lovely tribute.

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  8. What beautiful story! I am sorry that you lost both of your parents so young. I am thankful that your grandmother was there for you and your siblings. What a great tribute to your father who gave to this great country. I believe that they look down in pride at you in what a wonderful person you are. Bless you.

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  9. My dear, that was most touching, and very beautiful. I love that photograph of your parents, reminds me of some of the old ones of my own parents and my grandparents.

    You loved them very much and it shows. :)


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  10. Happy Anniversary to a couple who left this world too soon but, who are rejoicing together in the most beautiful of places.

    Great tribute to them.

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  11. How beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful young couple they were. Thank you for sharing

    Breeze

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  12. Thanks, for sharing your sad but, beautiful story. "Thank God" for Grandparents, mine raised me.

    Hugs~~~~Leslie

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  13. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

    And you probably know this, but you have an awesome daughter!!

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  14. A great account. And an insight into a different time. Or is it? Seems like that "love at first sight" thing these days has come to living together and seeing if it will last rather than making things go come hell or high water.

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  15. That's beautiful, Reggie! <3

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  16. Reggie Girl
    *****"Every man has his secret sorrow which the world knows not: and often time we call a man cold when he is only sad"*****

    ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~~

    Oh I love your touching post (:) wow that is so sad they both died at such a young age..
    well dear thanks for sharing your life with us and thanks for the sweet words you left over at my blog for me too (:)
    ''Kindness just never goes out of style''(:) ..pV

    hugs, Patty v

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  17. A lovely tribute to your parents Reggie. I'm sure they are together somewhere, watching over you and all their loved ones. A

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  18. A lovely story, told with love. And yes, Daddys and daughters do have something very special.

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  19. There's never a right time for anyone to die. My father died in November at age 80 and my mother's first anniversary without him (Jan 25) was a hard day for her and for me.

    These are beautiful pictures and, as always, your sentiments are beautiful as well.

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  20. Dear Reggie, very beautiful and visual blog. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary! Wherever they are, they must be very proud of you. These days I heard something: "We know the parents through the children."

    Best wishes,
    Rosana

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  21. You certainly took some rough hits at a too young age. I'm glad your grandmother was able to step in and be your rock. Your parents and grandmother obviously did a fine job raising you. :-)

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  22. That's so beautiful...I can't imagine losing my parents at such a young age. Know they are together now and dancing in heaven for their anniversary! God Bless your grandparents for stepping up...that is not something that happens very often. I know this is a sad day in so many ways...thanks for sharing your memories. I love the picture! And thanks for stopping by...I look forward to hearing from you again j)

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  23. A wonderful tribute to your parents.

    One day, when we meet, you will have tell me the stories, in detail, of growing up in Alabama. Sounds like you have enough material to write a book.

    A wonderful photo, too.

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  24. What a beautiful post!
    Thanks for coming by and I look forward to more visits together!

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  25. What a beautiful tribute to your parents. I also lost my parents when they were way too young. My mother was only 27, and my dad was only 58. I hope they are together, as well, dancing to some Patsy Cline love song.

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  26. Dearest Reggie Girl,

    Happy Anniversary to your late parents. I am sure they are now in heaven and having the best time out there. I guess they really, really love each other that only a year had passed before the other one follows. Their love story really warms my heart. You had such a wholesome family life and I congratulate you for that. Hope you had a happy celebration yesterday.

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  27. You will be so sick of me! I saw the pic of Buddy! We have 2 wolf dogs Sierra and Balto!
    What joy!

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  28. I love the old photo...what a nice tribute!

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  29. hey there - have you tried anniekelleher@aol.com... thats the address the blog connects to, but ive hear from others that the link doesn't seem to work right...

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  30. What a loving tribute to your parents and their love story. And thanks for visiting my site.

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  31. What a loving tribute. Happy Anniversary to them.

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  32. That's so sweet, Reggie :)
    What a nice memory to be remembered...

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  33. soft hugs with prayer-- a special memory and a special day- hugs from Meme

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  34. It's amazing how we seem to remember so many memorable dates & anniversaries in our lives as we grow older! Touching post!

    Contact me if you'd like to be interested in being a Contributing Writer for Timeless Bliss!

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  35. What a wonderful, and sad, story. How very lucky that you had a lovely grandmother to help you along the way. Terrific memories and very moving. Thank you for sharing it. M xx

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