The 71 Years of Marriage Fog

Day 276
Listening to:  Dream (when you’re feeling blue)
Thought for the day:  A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.  ~Andre Maurois


Tonight my merry band of friends and I embarked on our second journey to capture the story of another elder in our village to add to the historical project we’ve embraced.  We interviewed 95-year-old Earlene Jenkins. Today’s photo is of Earlene and her husband, Billie Joe, when they got married.  The year?  1932.  She was 14 at the time.   Their marriage lasted for 71 years until his death in 2003.  SEVENTY-ONE YEARS.  I was the one who asked her the question, “How long were you married?”  When she said the 71, I sort of went into a deep fog.  All I could think about was how I would never know what it would feel like to be married for that amount time.  Then again, I’m not sure I’ll know what living to be 95 will be like either.  My brain was so lost in the foggy woods of marriage that I missed her talking about the death of her husband.   She was talking about his death and I was still thinking about 71 years of marriage when I said, “That’s awesome.” God help me.  I was useless for a good 15 minutes afterward.  Thankfully, I wasn’t alone.  I’m glad I’m not embarking on this project alone.

I love old photos like this.  I just can’t imagine my wedding photo from the 80s with my mall hair and divorced status invoking the same kind of nostalgia as this photo does.

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