March 1965

Mama and Daddy 50 Years from addapinch.com

This has to be one of my favorite photographs.

I remember always finding it in the family photo album growing up.

It showed my parent’s personalities perfectly. Daddy picking on Mama and her giggling uncontrollably at him which would then only encourage him to pick on her more.

And her giggling more.

The cycle was endless.

They were perfect.

Today is my parent’s 50th anniversary and makes me realize how lucky I am to have them as parents. My sister and I were both immersed in their love story and witnessed their example of how two people who love each other live and treat one another.

Daddy put Mama on a pedestal, but he was the first to laugh at her for something funny she’d do or say. While she went back to college when Wendy was 7 and I was 3 , Daddy took over making suppers. He helped us with our hair, even whacking off my super thin hair to make bangs for me since my hair was always in my eyes. He  tucked us into bed at night while Mama was in school and studying to become a nurse. He was always her biggest cheerleader.

But Mama certainly put Daddy on a pedestal, too. She would just giggle when he wanted to watch a marathon of John Wayne movies on a weekend and head into the kitchen to make the popcorn to watch them with him.  She’d pack us all up to head to the houseboat for most weekends, even though couldn’t swim a lick because she knew just how much he loved it there. And later in his life when he became so ill, she put everything aside to care for him.

From them, I learned so much about love, relationships and marriage and for that, I’m eternally grateful.

I’m not sure who put their finger in the photograph of them on their honeymoon, but it just adds to my love of the photo. It suits them perfectly.

19 comments on “March 1965”

  1. What a sweet post to honor your parents on their 50th and what a great photograph! Your parents were adorable!!! You look so much like your Mom.

  2. Your parents always showed Ruby so much love after Bob died. I’m glad I got to benefit from their concern.
    Happy fiftieth.

  3. I loved the story and picture of your Mom and Dad. Memories that last our entire life time.

  4. Congrats to your lovely parents and wishing you the same happiness.

  5. What a beautiful picture of a loving marriage – such a marriage is truly a precious gift. Thank you for sharing your memories. It sounds as if you had a beautiful example. Beautiful post.

  6. YOUR STORY SOUNDS SIMILAR TO MINE. MY MOM WENT TO WORK WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD. I AM THE BABY OF THE FAMILY. MY MOM AND DAD OFTEN WORKED DIFFERENT SHIFTS FROM EACH OTHER. MY DAD WOULD HELP US WITH OUR HAIR. HE WOULD COOK DINNER AND DO ALL THE SAME HOUSEHOLD CHORES MY MOTHER DID.

    I AM SO LUCKY TO HAVE GROWN UP IN SUCH A LOVE FILLED FAMILY. NOT ONLY MY PARENTS BUT ALL OF MY FAMILY, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES AND COUSINS.

    • Isn’t it funny how we remember our fathers helping us with our hair?! Such a sweet memory for me. I remember being perched up on the counter so that Daddy could untangle my hair in the evenings before bedtime and then again in the mornings. Just little glimpses of it, but a strong memory none the less.

  7. How wonderful! You don’t hear this much anymore these days. They sound like my Husband and I, while he finished school and i worked 2 jobs to pay the bills. It’s all about love, respect and support.
    I hope they had a wonderful day and wish them many more years together.

    • Thank you so much, Anne. My father passed away a few years ago leaving behind a wonderful legacy of love and laughter. You are right, it is about love, respect and support. I think through their example, my sister and I learned that first hand. xo

  8. What a beautiful family you grew up in. Such a great role model for you and your sister. You were(are) blessed.

  9. What a beautiful photo and tribute to your parents! I am sure you know this, but you were incredibly lucky to have such a great set of parents. Sometimes I feel like these types of stories are few and far between. They truly made a good team and great marriage! Thank you so much for sharing! I love personal stories.

    • Thank you so much, Rita. Yes, my sister and I both are very fortunate to be their children. They taught us so much about life, love, and how to really care for another person, putting their needs ahead of your own. I pray daily that I show my husband the same love and respect that they showed one another. You hit the nail on the head though – they were a great team!

  10. It will be our 50th next year and the pic reminds me of how my husband and I looked back then. We even had similar clothes. Your parents were extra special folks! Thanks for your delicious recipes. Also, I love the photos of Annabelle!

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