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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 55 years this February.

Friday, February 26, 2021

55 YEARS AGO, TODAY, WE TIED THE KNOT...

 Yes, today is our 55th Wedding Anniversary. Time seems to go by fast when we keep busy. It doesn't seem like 55 years since we got married. It was a memorable event although, not a grandiose one...  The day before the wedding I remember the huge snowstorm on February 25, 1966. My mom, my sister in law and myself had just gotten our hair done at the hair salon, George had picked the liquor, the wedding cake, and the flowers and we were on our way to bring the liquor and the wedding cake to the Church Hall in the next town for the wedding reception the next day, but we couldn't even enter the driveway as it was all snowed in so we headed home.  




 The wind increased and there were sudden whiteouts where we couldn't see the road ahead. Even if we would have accurate weather forecasts in those days I doubt we would have paid much attention to it anyway. lol...  A good thing the traffic wasn't as heavy in those days as it is now. 

George was driving the brand new Red Dodge Charger.   I sat in the front holding the wedding cake on my lap, Mom was in the back with my sister-in-law who was holding the wedding bouquet when all of a sudden, we were in a whiteout and the car came to an abrupt stop.  The car rammed into an abandoned white car on the road. Someone has abandoned his white car smack right in our lane without any flashing lights or any lights on for that matter and took off on foot. It so happened that this guy had no insurance on his car and had no driver's license.

On impact, my face went into the cake top, some of the flowers were broken but miraculously no one was hurt. 

We all got out of the car, with the snow flying, and went to a house nearby to call the police. The grill in the front was damaged but George managed to get the car home safely but by then it was night. The snow had melted on our hair and it didn't look like we just come from the hair salon... My brother in law, fixed the cake, the bouquet was also fixed, we managed to put rollers in our hair, and the next morning, George was up at the wee hours of the morning to plow the lane up to the highway. The train underpass was blocked with snowdrifts but was cleared in time to make it to the church on time.

Because of the storm, the photographer canceled out and George's younger brother took some wedding photos of the event. The photos were developed in slides. 

The wedding reception was changed from the church hall to the farmhouse. The homestead is a large three-story house and was built by Senator Glasier with two large rooms divided by large accordion doors like you see in a hotel conference room and was perfect for a large crowd to dance. Someone must have called all the guests to inform them of the change of venue because there was a large crowd of family friends present and everyone had a whopping of a good time. There was lots of food, good dancing music and lots of wedding gifts and lots of booze also. People danced until the wee hours of the morning a great time was had by all.

Throughout all this, I was totally relaxed and not once got frazzled. All I wanted was to get married. The rest didn't even matter to me but I must give credit to all those who made this event possible with such speed. My father-in-law loved to have people in his house and I know that he enjoyed having this party in his home very much.

A few days later, a good friend of my husband lends us his big black car because ours was at the repair shop so we could drive to Florida for our honeymoon. We drove to Montreal for George's best friend's wedding and then we drove to Florida.  In those good old days, we didn't need a passport to go to the US and you could come and go as you pleased. I miss this freedom we once had and took for granted.

This evening George and I celebrated in a very small way. I ordered some takeout fish and chips and ate in our dining room instead of going out. 

Stay safe and well, thanks for the visit, and thanks for the comments.

Hugs, Julia



21 comments:

  1. A very, very Happy Anniversary to you both. It sounds as if you were focused on the important things - which is as it should be.
    And your wedding photo is beautiful.

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  2. What a wedding story! but it worked in a big way happy anniversary.
    Cathy

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  3. Such a beautiful bride! And a handsome groom! I love your dress--and your wedding adventure. But the Dodge Impala must be a Canadian thing. In the U.S. Impalas are made by Chevrolet. :-)

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    1. Hahaha, Susan, it probably my faulty memory and not a Canadian thing. lol...

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  4. Wow! That was some wedding story! And your life together continues to be full! :-) Hugs & Smiles! Sharon

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  5. Happy anniversary, dear Julia. I can't even imagine how you could stay calm with all that happening right before your wedding but so glad it all worked out. And I love that you shared the story here, with grace and humor both. I haven't had fish and chips since my London days. Oh, I almost forgot, you look so lovely in that photo.

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  6. What a beautiful bride (and you still are!) Happy, happy anniversary and congrats on 55 years. May you be blessed with many more ;-)
    That was quite a wedding story. I would have been a wreck, but you made lemonade from lemons.

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  7. Wow. That’s a day to never forget. Great stories for ages.

    Happiest Anniversary to you.

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  8. What an incredible story. So glad you were able to still get married, but one ceremony you will never forget. Happy Anniversary! Janice

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  9. Happy anniversary to you, Julia! What a story to remember!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I loved your story. I enjoyed seeing your wedding day photo. You have a lovely dress, is there a story about your dress?

    Happy New Week! Carla

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    1. To answer your question, Carla, the wedding dress was bought for only $45.00 on special as the newer style were very plain and I didn't like any of them. I was so lucky as it was the only one on special and it fitted me perfectly and I didn't cared that it wasn't in style.

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  11. Congratulations on your 55th Anniversary. That is quite a milestone..you could be that couple that graces the top of the cake. Enjoy many more.

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  12. What a wonderful story! Congratulations on 55 years!!! What a lovely picture. I am so glad you shared that. I just love that story. It was nice to be able to go to Canada without a passport. I remember that. We would go up to Vancouver when I was a kid.

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  13. What a beautiful bride and handsome groom! I loved the story of your wedding! Holy cow I would have been devastated I think! No matter the weather, your love has endured! Congrats on 55 years! Fabulous! Love your dress too. Do you still have it and have any of your kids or grands wear it for their wedding? Take care Julia!

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  14. No Yaya, I did not kept my dress for my kids to wear at their weddings. I was a tiny bride and only weight 98 lbs when I got married. My childhood friend wore her mother's wedding dress at her wedding and it had yellowed and I thought that my kids would like to chose their own dresses. By the way, all my girls are bigger than me. I used the crinoline from the dress to cover the carriage to protect my baby from mosquitos. lol...

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  15. Happy Belated Anniversary Julia! 55 years is quite a milestone, but the events surrounding your day certainly made it memorably etched in time LOL. I can just see the face plant into the cake. Probably not funny then, but makes for a great story. What a lovely bride you were! Thanks so much for sharing this peek into your past with us! ~Robin~

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  16. Congratulations on fifty-five years. That's a really long time to live together. It's not so long ago that people didn't even live so long!

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  17. Oh Julia, I loved reading this story (I started it 2 weeks ago and then got distracted)- what a lot of things happened the day before the wedding AND on the day! I am so happy you had a wonderful day and you and George really looked wonderful. 55 years is a wonderful achievement in marriage! God bless you both!

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