45 years ago tonite was a Friday nite. It was the coldest nite of the year. Brrrrr…I remember it was below zero. Rich and I were married in the St. Johns Lutheran Church in Toluca Ill. We had a simple ceremony with the reception after at the church hall. All we had was cake nuts and mints. lol. Really cheap. My mom hired a photographer and paid for the cake. We paid for everything else which wasn’t much. The entertainment was everyone watching us open our presents. I remember they were all practical gifts. Sheets, towels and washcloths, a Mirro Popcorn popper, lots of kitchen stuff. My dress was made by a friend of ours. It was a simple A-line dress made of polyester and we added some pearl trim to it. It cost a whole $16. Rich’s sport jacket was made at the Toluca Garment Factory where I worked.
After the wedding we drove in my 1969 Camero to Peoria. We stayed at a hotel that nite that had underground parking. Thank goodness we did, cause the car probably wouldn’t have started in the morning. Who would have ever thought that 40 years later the hotel would be gone, and a parking lot to St. Francis Hospital built their. Tammy would graduate their with her BSN and probably parked her car in that parking lot. lol The next morning we drove to Keithsburg Illinois on the Mississippi to Rich’s grandparents. I had never met them before. What a strange honeymoon. We spent Saturday nite their and Sunday we had to jump the car to get it started because it was so cold. We returned home to our apartment on Sunday in Oglesby. I was suppose to go back to work at the Garment Factory on Monday, but I called in. So that was the beginning. lol
Now to tell you a little bit that you may not know. When I met Rich, he was living with a bunch of his friends in Chillicothe. It was about the time the Vietnam War was ending. Every nite, especially weekends, they would party in the trailer. Black lights, Brightly painted orange walls, and 8 track tapes. The music was loud, the lights would flash and kids would come and go. As I hung around more, I realized that the guys were all divorced or separated and the girls that come had husbands that were over seas. That is all but Rich……Well as I found out…..He was also married…..With a 2 year old daughter….Wow….He was working at Caterpillar in Peoria but had been calling off work telling lies. Finally it caught up with him and he was fired. I found out about his marriage, he found another job in Mendota at Motor Wheel. He filled for divorce the next summer. It took awhile, but around Thanksgiving he got the divorce in Peoria. On the way home he stopped at a jewelry store in Chillicothe and bought my ring. We were married by January.
Now I was so innocent, I never even thought what people would think. About a month later finally I was asked the question they all were wondering…….
“WHEN WAS THE BABY DUE”
What on earth were they talking about. lol. Finally April 6 1978 the baby was born. Fooled them. Well here we are 45 years, 3 kids, and 5 grandkids later. Its really something as you think back to all those years. At first your life is eternal. You see old people who retire. They have grey or white hair, and they simply stay home and grow older and die. Either in the hospital or nursing home. That certainly isn’t an age you will ever achieve. Youth lasts forever. It never grows old. The family begins, baby’s come, before you know it youth is gone. The weight problem gets worse. Things start sagging. lol. And here comes the grey. Finally retirement is before you……WHERE DID THE YEARS GO……We have retired …. yes… but were not sitting at home…..Nor in the Nursing Home…..Life has changed so much in the last several years.
We are now doing what we want. Following the ADVENTURES in Life.
It Is Our Plans. These are the Best Years.
Retirement is Grand……It Can Be What Ever You Want It To Be…..
This is not my picture, but this is what my 1969 Camero looked like……If We Only Had it Today….