What were you doing 62 years ago today?

What were you doing 62 years ago today?

Today is one of those days that lives forever in my mind – like my birthday – Pearl Harbor Day – Sept 11th – and other memorable dates.

As I was waking up I was thinking of where I was 62 years ago.  I was sitting with my fianc`e, his brother and his new wife on the rocks at the look out point above Lake of The Clouds in the Porcupine Mtns. in Upper Michigan.  At some point my fianc`e asked his brother if he cared if he (fianc`e) would marry me.  (Didn’t ask me that question right then but he had asked me on July 27th).  His brother said no, he didn’t care.  So we all got in the car and drove to the county seat and got a marriage license.  We then drove back to Bruce Crossing (his hometown) – went to the Lutheran Church he had gone to as a boy and asked the minister to perform the marriage ceremony.  So, at 6:00 pm, Sept. 6, 1956 we were pronounced husband and wife.

There had been no plans to get married on this trip so the wedding band was left at the jewelers in Renton, WA causing my engagement ring to be the ring we got married with.

Funny how some memories are indelibly engraved in ones mind.  I had never wanted a big wedding or even one with any frills so this wasn’t a big thing to me.  It was always the intent and the purpose that meant something to me… sort of like all else in my life.

I wish I could say we lived happily forever after but that wasn’t how things went.  But, the memory of THAT day is as alive today as it was in 1956.

Jackie Juntti

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