When I spotted the theme for this weeks Gallery I instantly knew which photo's I would be sharing. My parents 1960's wedding. I remember as a child I would flick through their wedding album any chance I could and think to myself how much my Mum looked like a princess and my Dad a prince. These photo's sparked my desire for a white wedding when I grew up and I would wonder what my Prince would be like.
My Parents and both sets of Grandparents, sadly only one Grandparent is still here with us.
I remember thinking as I turned the pages of the album how handsome my Dad was and Mum would tell me stories of how she adored him, even knocking back a date with The David Essex! He asked her out for a drink one night after a gig in a Dagenham pub, She was sitting at a bus stop alone after a row with my Dad and David Essex was leaning up against the bus stop with his guitar over his shoulder. He chatted to her while they waited for their bus then asked her out. Mum knocked him back because she already had a boyfriend. Years later we laughed over this story.
They were married on a cold January afternoon so all the photo's were very dark and a bit gloomy looking but it didn't stop Mum looking beautiful. As I look at my Dad in his youth I see my own Sons looking back at me. Its strange because my boys look so like their own Dad but also resemble my Dad, a Grandfather that they have never known.
Sadly the marriage wasn't to last and they divorced about 12 years later. Mum told me just before she died that she still loved my Dad and always would...She told me this as she handed me her engagement ring that Dad had given her forty years before. I was stunned as I had never seen the ring before...I never knew she had kept it all those years. Mum asked me to treasure it and eventually pass it down to my Daughters. That night I cried silently into my pillow as I wished that Mum could be here to pass the ring down to her Granddaughters herself.
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