Happy Anniversary! Happy New Year!

Author: angiem, 12 30th, 2011

As teens, my sisters and I would roll our eyes whenever my dad or mom would bring forth the subject of their courtship. It seemed such an old fashioned concept, and we were more than slightly embarrassed by it. Normal people’s parents had dated, not courted. According to my dad, mom had quite a few suitors and she couldn’t make up her mind between them. One night she’d meet one of them for a walk down the linden city center streets, stopping somewhere for a beverage or dessert, and the next, together with her girlfriends, she’d run into another at an ice cream parlor.

Apparently these meetings carried on for a while, and dad was losing patience. Christmas was approaching, and he was playing the trombone in a brass band that visited the surrounding village churches. He would be gone for a while every Saturday and Sunday and those were their designated days to walk the promenade, coyly flirting, my mom in her tailored miniskirt and kitten heels and dad in his well-cut suit. On a cold November Sunday he demanded that she choose between him and the other man. Who would it be?

I can just imagine my mom looking up at him surprised. What was his hurry, she had probably murmured in her soft voice. My mom is very soft spoken. She couldn’t be rushed, she had most likely added. She was just twenty-one. And so my dad did what every honorable man of his time did. He paid a visit to my grandparents, laden with gifts and asked for my mom’s hand in marriage.

The only problem was that another of her suitors had beat him to it, and while she hadn’t been promised (as the decision was solely my mom’s), my grandparents prayed that she would choose the kindest of the two.

My mom took a while. She could see herself having a future with either of them. Finally she decided that she’d leave it up to fate. She’d pick the one she would first encounter, unplanned. She got herself ready, her long dark hair in a topknot popular in those days and went to meet a girlfriend. And whom should she meet on the way there? My dad, of course! Was it planned, a coincidence perhaps, or was it really a sign from God? No one’s telling. And my grandmother had a saying she loved to repeat over and over whenever I pressed her about it: God’s not into magic tricks.

A month later my parents were married, and almost two years after that I came along, the first of five children. Now, as they are preparing to celebrate their 42nd anniversary together, on New Year’s Day, I am praying for their long, happy marriage to continue, in good health and in love, side by side.

Happy New Year, to you all, my lovely friends. May the journey through 2012 be a blessed one, filled with joy, love, peace, good health, and prosperity.

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21 Responses to “Happy Anniversary! Happy New Year!”

  1. Naomi Says:

    Awwwwwww!!!!! This is the cutest story ever!!!! Happy Anniversary to your parents!!!! Your mom looks so glam and your dad just like a movie star! Happy New Year!!!

  2. Gina Says:

    Happy New Year Angie! I wish only the best for you and your family.
    Your parents look so sophisticated! Wishing them a Happy Anniversary!

  3. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    Lovely and amusing story of how your parents got together. Your mum sounds quite the catch. Happy Anniversary to them and many more to come.

    I recently watched a home movie of my parents at my mum’s 21st birthday party in 1963. My dad was there too and seeing the two of them together, young, in love, singing and dancing together, was such a special thing to see - 1 year later they were marrived and just a few months later I was on the way! Both my parents are sadly no longer alive but seeing their youth and love all those years ago was so special.

    We must arrange that coffee together once the children are all back at school and settled into their new school lives here.

    Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you all good things in 2012.

  4. Julie Says:

    Another lovely story Angie. Almost a movie plot of some sweet classic romance.. My parents anniversary was Boxing Day.. so we always celebrated around this time of year also..

    Love that photo.. although your mum looks so young.. a child bride..

    Hope you had a lovely xmas.. I run out of time to visit everyone.. but hope that is was a relaxing and happy time.. and hope that 2012 brings you nothing but bliss.. ciao ciao xxx Julie

  5. sharon - my french country home Says:

    What a great story Angie, it’s unusual to know how our parents got together like this.
    A Happy Anniversary to them and an excellent new year to you and your loved ones.
    Thank you for your beautiful writing that gives us so much pleasure through the year.
    Sharon
    x

  6. Joyce Says:

    I love- love stories with happy endings! Thank you for sharing. Happy 2012 and happy anniversary to your parents!!! xo

  7. Giana Says:

    What wonderful parents you have Angie! Happiest of Anniversaries to them and many, many more in good health and love. I wish you and yours a an awesome new year where the kingdom of our God becomes the kingdom upon the earth in your hearts and home! Love you all

  8. Francesca Says:

    This makes me realize that my kids have never asked or wondered how their (american) father and (italian) I have met!
    Happy anniversary to your parents, and a very happy new year to you and yours, Angie!

  9. Stephanie @ la dolce vita Says:

    What a neat story! Happy New Year!

  10. Ava Says:

    I’m a sucker for love stories! Congratulations to your parents for 42 years! Happy New Year to you! I wish you great and beautiful things in 2012.

  11. angiem Says:

    Thank you, friends!

  12. Bobi Says:

    oh I loved reading about your parents courtship. loved that it worked out so clearly in your dad’s favor. :)
    happy anniversary to your parents I pray my own marriage has the success your parents has had, 42 years is amazing. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  13. Dale Frounfelter Says:

    …. I love your stories, Angie. Things always fall into place just like they should.
    Bless you and all those dear to your heart in the New Year.

  14. Jena Says:

    Wishing you a 2012 that’s highly productive and happy. May all your dreams come true!!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts in 2011. I always leave from your blog with something to think about. Happy anniversary to your parents! 42 years!!! Wow!!!!!!

  15. Evelina Says:

    Happy 2012!! I love to read your stories!! Happy Anniversary to your parents!!

  16. Susan Tiner Says:

    What a wonderful story Angie. Happy Anniversary to your parents and Happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones. xoxo

  17. SJ Says:

    I love it!! And I love you, my friend. I really do.

  18. laura Says:

    This does make me smile. And, my, how things have changed :). Happy New Year, sweet friend. I”m a mess with time management these days, but have been missing your voice. Hugs to you.

  19. deb Says:

    oh, that photo..

    sending love angie…
    love.

  20. Christie B. Says:

    Ah, love this story. I always love reading your posts.
    Happy 2012! Thank you for being a part of my 2011, you always leave the sweetest comments!

    xoxo

  21. Francesca Says:

    Thank you so much Angie for the card! I collected it from the post office yesterday - so nice of you to think of me! :)
    My new year resolution ought to be to get better at writing cards myself! Ciao!

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