I'm really excited about this post; I want to share on my favorite Christmas presents. A bunch of the older gals in my family received this small package on Christmas Day from my grandma that we were told that we had to open at the same time.
Inside was a small frame with this picture inside. This was my grandma and grandpa probably around the 1940's! The original picture (we all received copies obviously) was recently re-discovered in an old letter from a distant relative.
My grandma doesn't really remember where or when this picture was taken, but that isn't really important to me.
What is most important to me is the overwhelming amount of love and happiness that is in this picture.
I am very lucky to have heard my granny and grandpa's love story first hand and it no matter how many times I have heard it, I love hearing my grandma tell it again and again.
My grandparents met in 1943. My grandma was 17 years-old and a junior in high school, where she was a member of a club called the 'Tri-Hi-Y' club. In this club, the lower underclassmen had to do small things for the seniors like carry their books and take things to their lockers, etc.
So, one day, my grandma and a bunch of her friends had to dress up really funny. She said that she had one stocking on and one pantyhose, really chunky heels, half of her hair curled, and the other side pinned down really close to her face. Basically, she just looked really silly.
She and her friends were about to walk home dressed like this when these two guys asked if they could drive them home. They agreed, but not before they went back into the school and changed first! :)
One of the guys, obviously, was my grandpa. When they dropped my grandma and her sister off of her house, her dad came out to the door and looked pretty intimidating because, while my grandma was allowed to date, her sister was not because she wasn't sixteen yet.
However, before my grandpa left, he said to my grandma, 'Can I see you tomorrow?' And she answered, 'I guess so.'
And apparently he asked her that everyday until he asked him to marry her.
They were married on March 1, 1944.
My grandparents were married for over 50 years; they were probably the cutest, most fun, and in love couple that I have ever had the privilege to know. You can still tell when my grandma talks about him that she still loves him so much.
I hope that when I'm old and gray, I can talk about the love of my life to my grandchildren with the same affection and happiness that my grandma does.
Also, how fabulous do they look? I wish that she still had her 1940's clothes; they are too beautiful for words.