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Ground Hog Day Elopement

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On Groundhog day in 1935, while most people were worried about whether or not Punxsutawney Phil was going to come out of his hole and see his shadow, my grandparents could have cared less.  All they were worried about was getting to Marshall, Texas and getting married before they got caught.

I’ve posted about this story before which you can read here.  I just can’t help but think of them on this day.  Today, they would have been married for 78 years if they were both still living.

This is my grandparents, Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill, or Daddy-O as I called him, passed away when I was seven years old, in 1978 so I don’t have many memories of him.  I do remember him though, and I know how much my grandmother loved him because she mourned him until she died in 2007.  That is a long time to live without the love of your life.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of them together.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, my grandfather was in the Army in WWII.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, I love this picture they look so handsome.

Bill and Mary Parks.

Bill and Mary Parks, going for a ride and they look so happy about it.

Bill and Mary Parks

Bill and Mary Parks, still in love and happy many years later.

So, today as they celebrate together in heaven, I celebrate them here.  They eloped after knowing each other for two weeks and their love endured a life time.  I admire them so much for that.

By the way, Punxsutawney Phil brought them six more weeks of winter in 1935 when they married, and today he says spring is coming so I am really celebrating now!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy 48th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Today my parents are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary so I’d like to share some pictures with you of their time together.

I’m not sure what year this picture is, it’s when they were in high school and they were dating.  They broke up when Mom went to college. Dad didn’t want her to go, and she did so they went their separate ways.

Mom and Dad - early 50's

Mom and Dad – early 50’s

Then at some point they reconnected and here is their wedding photo from Sept 11, 1964.

Mom and Dad Wedding Photo - 11 Sep 1964

Mom and Dad Wedding Photo – 11 Sep 1964

This next photo is from Christmas of 1972, we are at my grandparents (Bill and Mary’s) apartment in Texarkana.

Dad, Susie, Mom, John - Christmas 1972

Dad, Susie, Mom, John – Christmas 1972

This is from the early 70’s sometime.  Christmas again, I guess that’s just when most people took pictures back then.

Dad and Mom - early 70's

Dad and Mom – early 70’s

Here they are March of 1978 – this was a fishing trip to Mexico.

Mom and Dad - March 1978

Mom and Dad – March 1978

Here they are again, not sure what they were doing but as usual, they were doing it together.

Dad and Mom July 1984

Dad and Mom July 1984

This next picture is from their 25th wedding anniversary party that we had for them.  Three of us kids are in the photo; Butch, John and myself.

Mom and Dad - 25th Wedding Anniversary 1989 - with Butch, John, and Susie

Mom and Dad – 25th Wedding Anniversary 1989 – with Butch, John, and Susie

I’m not sure where the 90’s went, couldn’t find any pictures from then.  Here they are in 2010.  I love this picture.

Mom and Dad - 2010

Mom and Dad – 2010

Here they are in 2011.

Mom and Dad - Thanksgiving 2011

Mom and Dad – Thanksgiving 2011

Here they are February of 2012 standing in front of the house my mother grew up in on Walnut Street in Texarkana.

Mom and Dad Feb 2012

Mom and Dad Feb 2012

Here they are today, on their 48th Anniversary!  I wish you many more happy years together Mom and Dad!

Mom and Dad - 11 Sep 2012

Mom and Dad – 11 Sep 2012

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