Wednesday, March 17, 2010

40 years ago today...

my parents at their wedding, March 17, 1970

...my parents were married. It was a snowy night in Red Bank, New Jersey, around 8:00 pm. Friends and family gathered at The Molly Pitcher, to join my mom and dad as they exchanged their vows. I've heard so many great stories that led up to that night and how they met, as well as the night itself.

It's been almost 6 years since my dad passed away so this day, though happy, is always somewhat bittersweet for me. I'm sure it is for my mom as well. When my dad passed away, my mom gave me this picture from their wedding day. I love it. It's probably one of my favorite pictures of them.

No marriage is perfect, and I'm sure my parents had their share of ups & downs. However imperfect, they built a life together and taught me a lot about what it means to live and love. They also gave me 3 amazing siblings, whom I am very grateful for.

Our loved ones who have passed before us are never that far away. We might not be able to see them, but I am convinced that they continue to walk with us throughout our days.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom & Dad.

3 comments:

Matt Cluthe said...

absolutely beautiful, Maura.

sending love,
Matt

sMacThoughts said...

Oh this is such a beautiful post... I love the photo; the joy so evident on both of their faces. Sorry you are without your Dad now, but yes, like you say, I also believe those who pass before us walk with us, especially through the tough times.

almost 50 but not quite said...

very sweet, maura. you're the kind of person any parent would be so proud of. love the photo too!