It was a windy Wellington day 35 years ago when we said "I Do.". This is one of the few wedding photos I can even find. As much as I love photography, we didn't have a professional photographer at our wedding! Too bad as I would LOVE to have had some more shots of that hat I'm wearing! :-)
WHAT WAS GOING ON IN 1982?
For certain, this wedding photo was taken with film. Digital cameras didn't exist. The first CD player was sold in Japan that year. Thriller (remember Michael Jackson?) was released in 1982. And Prince William was born. I'm sure there was a lot more than happened, too, but...
Mostly what I remember from 1982 was hitchhiking and exploring New Zealand top to bottom with a childhood pal and falling hard for a Kiwi I'd met in Minnesota a few years prior when he was an exchange student at the University of Minnesota. The other things I've mentioned weren't on my radar - except for Prince William. THAT I remember. Why? My first and forever friend in life had a beautiful baby boy on that same day back in South Dakota. It was June 18th and happened to be her own birthday. What a day!
Why did ZeKiwi catch my eye?
*That-Accent (let's be real, after all)
*Impressive-Musterer (ever watched sheep dogs working?)
*The List Goes on...
WHO IS THIS GUY -- REALLY?
I wonder how many of us REALLY know who we're marrying when we say "I do?" It's kind of a _____ shoot in so many ways. Somehow I was fortunate to hit the Bull's Eye. It surely helped to get to know his small but wonderful family around the country.
When Linda and I visited Mark's 82 year old grandmother, all 4'11" of her in her humungous home in Dunedin, and saw how she lived with chickens and flowers in the yard balanced with beautiful art work in the house, I was intrigued.
After hours of conversation and getting to know Gran, I spotted her spinning wheel and asked if I could please pay her to knit me a sweater. When she said, "For YOU, I'll do it for free", there was nothing that spoke to me more clearly that this guy MUST be the Real McCoy!
I DO, I DO
We married in Wellington on September 25th. It was a small and intimate gathering in a wee church on a hill above the City. Following the ceremony was a very fun dinner reception at a hotel on Oriental Bay. Done in Kiwi style with long speeches and toasts that had everyone laughing and thinking thoughtfully, too. It was only when the red wine spilled on the Bride and Groom's table decked out in white linen that the cigars came out...
NEW ZEALAND to CALIFORNIA
It was bittersweet to say good-bye to family inNew Zealand, but we were looking ahead to the adventure of the unknown. We flew to Hawaii for a couple weeks before hitting Los Angeles where we stayed with friends while looking for a car. Once purchased, it was time to hit the road and drive north.
Our original destination was Bend, Oregon -- on the dry side of the Cascades. Redding, California nabbed us on the way! Late November when we arrived, the temperature was perfect and autumn colors STUNNING! It took years before we even got to Bend for a visit! (Beautiful town, BTW -- much cooler temperature wise than Redding.)
Mark found work that would tide him over while he worked on his real estate license. I found work as an RN at one of the (then) three hospitals in town. Life was good. We dug in and became part of the Greater Redding community where we lived until 2016!
IT'S BEEN MORE THAN FUN
Today we celebrate 35 years of marriage. How'd THAT happen? The saying "time flies" is an absolute understatement. Raising two active sons went by in a heartbeat and now we're finding joy watching their adventures as adults while taking on new ones of our own. Retiring and rolling along in a motorhome for 15 months and now settling into the Pacific Northwest post KngaBlu -- it's been a bit of alright, to say the least. Always looking forward to what's ahead. Loveyalots!