My mom rarely reads my blog, but regardless today I would like to write a special post for her, and for my Dad.
Today is their fifty ninth wedding anniversary.
In our house there are many photos of our Mom and Dad. However there is one in particular which for me sums up the life they shared. It is a photo taken over sixty years ago in London, of a very young looking man, yet to become my Dad, and a strikingly beautiful young woman. As I looked at that photo as a child, I formed a clear opinion of what I thought true love looked like.
Today as I remembered their anniversary I was travelling home from holidays with my own family. As I looked at my husband I thought about my Mom and Dad and all the special days they had shared over the years. The early days they spent together in London, their journey home to Ireland with their first baby, and the subsequent births of four more children.
I remember the many happy days of our childhood. The holidays we spent in Donegal, and all the fun times we shared as a family. Together my Mom and Dad were a wonderful team, a real partnership.
Before their happy ever after was taken from them.
It is indeed sad to think how long they have lived without each other, but today is not a day to reflect on that. Today is a special day. A reminder of the day they said “I do”.
As they spoke their vows that day I can imagine the happiness they share. The excitement of the prospect of their future together. My mom is not the most serious of characters, but I can imagine her sincerity as she spoke her wedding vows that day.
However on reflection I now believe, that there is one vow I know my mother did not keep, and anyone who knows her will readily agree with me.
‘Til death us do part’.
For even though death did indeed part them way before their time, my mother has remained my fathers wife, his beautiful bride of fifty nine years.
So Mum, today as memories of that most special of days sweep over you, as they surely must have done, I remind you of the words of the song you first danced to as man and wife,
‘Cos I’ll always love you
Wherever you go
And though we are parted
I want you to know
That if things go wrong, dear
And fate is unkind
Look over your shoulder
I’m walking behind
Because I have no doubt that Dad did not keep that vow either, and he too continues to be your husband, who loves you still.
Hi everyone. Yes I’m back from holidays. We came home late last night and I raced to post this, as yesterday was my Mom and Dads anniversary. However it was not to be as my computer crashed and I missed the midnight deadline. Ah well “Better late than never”.
Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad. xxx
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29 thoughts on “‘Til death us do part’”
A lovely tribute to a vow of true love.
Thanks. It’s not easy celebrating a wedding without a partner but I think it’s important to remember. Glad you enjoyed it.
A very nice tribute Tric 🙂
I hope your vacation was enjoyable.
Thanks Irene. The holiday was most enjoyable, as we say here in Ireland “we had great craic”.
Good to hear Tric 😀
Such a lovely post xxx great to have you back hope you all had great time xx
Thanks Sara. We’d a great time.
Welcome home, Tric!
Thanks Jackie. Good to be back.
A little tear jerker on your return Tric – nice one though. Yes you were missed – but we all need a ‘blogging’ break.
This is beautiful, Tric. Hugs to your mum on her special day. I have a photo of Mike that he wrote on the back “Look beside you…I will always be there” and I believe he is. He is still very much my husband and I his wife.
And, so very glad you are back! We missed you!!
how beautiful tric, they sound like they had, and continue to have on a whole other level, such wonderful love between them, and happy you are safely home once again )
Thanks Beth. It’s quite good to be home although it was a great break too. Will be over shortly to see what you’ve been up to!
Happy anniversary to your parents! I loved the poem. And that they have remained together all these years, even though he resides in a different place.
That’s a lovely way of putting it Colleen. Thank you. And good to be back.
Thank you. I’ve not had a chance to visit you properly yet but hope to get to call by soon. Thanks for reading.
A lovely post!
Wecome back, j
Thanks a million. Good to be blogging again.
you go swanning off on holiday for like forever
then you come back and put up a post that has me in tears ?
thanks a lot !
Ha ha, you big softie. I knew you’d miss me! Just posted something a little lighter to hopefully make you smile. 🙂
Such a lovely tribute to your mum and dad, I’m sure it means a lot to your mum 🙂 xx
I never tell her when I write about her. She always tell me never to mention her… Gulp! But I would like to think she would appreciate it and enjoy it.
This is a beautiful tribute to both your parents, Tric…glad to have you back, too!
I’m glad you liked it. Its good to be back, especially writing again.
I too am thinking these same thoughts, as the day my parents are married 56 years is coming in just over 3 weeks. And my father stayed ’till death do us part’ until May 5, 2004. My mother joined him once again, October 1, 2012. Now they are once again together ’till death do us part’, and i guess that’s forever.
Very true, I’m sure if its possible they are now sharing their happy ever after.
Gorgeous tribute, Tric. Congrats on the 500th blog post-what a milestone!
Thanks Aedin. It seems like only yesterday since I wrote my first.