Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You're Still the One

Twenty seven years ago, a rather secret wedding ceremony was held

and two become one.
It began five months earlier, on a blind date.

I only agreed to the blind date in order to maintain family harmony.
He only agreed to the date because a First Year Associate does not tell a Partner that he does not want to go on a date with said partner's sister-in-law.

It was suppose to be just a quick Saturday night outing to a Dallas Mavericks basketball game. 
Yet, after the game came dinner.
The conversation came easily, as did the laughs.
So, why not also stop by a local club for a little music?
When the club closed, we sat in front of my apartment continuing the conversation into wee hours of the morning.
Afterwards, not a day went by that we were not in touch.

The conversations were not always in person.  They were often by phone.  He from his downtown office as a young attorney.  I from my office as a paralegal with another large downtown firm.
Then, there were the long distance conversations between Memphis and Dallas.
He was called home, as his mother underwent a double mastectomy and began chemotherapy.

We both had been married before.
We each already had the large formal weddings.
We knew that was not what made a marriage.
We also knew that his mother's condition prevented her from traveling and participating.
So, we told no one except my parents and his mother.
The night before, we requested my sister and brother-in-law meet us at Highland Park Methodist Church to witness our vows.
It was probably the only time we ever knew both of them to be speechless!
Little did they know that my mother's visit was not by accident.
She and my niece were our only guests, as Daddy was away on one of his train trips.

Thick cream colored envelopes, holding our wedding announcements, were deposited at the post office as we headed toward the airport and a honeymoon in London and Paris.
We have been told that jaws dropped as mail was received over the following days!
A few weeks after our return, my mother-in-law was able to join us
for a celebratory reception at the Melrose Hotel with family, friends and colleagues.
A little later in the summer, she would honor us with a dinner dance at the Memphis Country Club.
So it began, our life together.

You're still the one that makes  me laugh.
Still the one that's my better half.
We're still having fun, and you're still the one.
You're still the one that makes me strong.
Still the one I want to take along.
We're still having fun and you're still the one.
Changing, our love is going gold.
Even though we grow old, it grows new.
You're still the one.

**My second eye surgery, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until
Friday, July 16.**


Nancy said...

Congrats on 27 years together! That is soooo wonderful. I am still praying for you. I received my book in the mail yesterday. I was so excited. I can't wait to get busy sewing patterns out of this book!

Claudia said...

Happy Anniversary! We did the same thing - got married quietly, with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in attendance. Enjoy your day.

Morgane @ Bear,Dolly and Moi said...

Happy anniversary!

Jeannie B. said...

Jan, you are still just as beautiful as you were then!! What face cream do you use??

I loved this post. It is wonderful to hear Happy Endings!!

May all go well with your second surgery and the recovery quicker.

Marmycakes said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful story. Made me get misty. :) Still praying for you. I agree with Jeannie, you look beautiful.
Laurie George

Kathy V said...

Happy Anniversary Jan & Tom! You still make the cutest couple even 27 years later!

DawnB said...

Happy Anniversary Jan & Tom, I shall be singing that song all day now LOL

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!! what a precious love story!! I didn't know you had memphis connections.
I am still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan said...

What a lovely tribute to your fabulous marriage! Happy Anniversary, Tom and Jan!

Julia said...

What a great story!!!! Thanks for sharing it!

Martha said...

Aww, what a wonderful story and a tribute to a wonderful marriage. Happy Anniversary. Hope it has been a wonderful day and that you are feeling much better.

Robin Hart said...

Happy Anniversary! It is good to see a pic of the man I have heard so much about over the years. I am hoping you are feeling much better and thanks for putting a tear in my eye.

Lois said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary! Hope that the day was great!

God's grace for your next surgery!

Rettabug said...

Happy Anniversary!! I know you appreciate having each other in your life more & more with each passing year. We sure do!

I'll be on my knees Friday morning asking God to watch over you & your surgeons...and the nurses, too, as they care for you.


Karen said...

What a lovely love story. Thank you for sharing it with us! Happy Anniversary! Prayers continue.

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary, Jan and Tom!

Mrs Mary Scott said...

WOW!!! I didn't know I was one of the only guests at your wedding! I feel special! :) Happy belated anniversary! Sorry, I am so behind this week!

Mary T said...

This is a wonderful recollection. Beautiful . . . and you are beautiful, Jan! All just beautiful!!!
My prayers hold you tonight, praying your surgery went well today.

Jane B said...

What a sweet story. I love the pictures too - you haven't changed a bit. Wishing you and Tom many more happy years together .. and happy eyes as well.

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