We were so in love and crazy with adventure for the unknown. I was 18 and he was 20 (such kids) and we wanted to spend the rest of our life together. As the old saying goes, “We didn’t have a pot to pee in”, but that didn’t seem to matter. We had faith, adventure and love!
We found an apartment in Dunbar and needed to get that ready before we got married. This was truly a beautiful apartment with hardwood floors, cute kitchen nook, huge living room and the rent was $60.00 a month. My uncle Bill co-signed for our furniture at Kyle Furniture and we selected about $3,000.00 in furniture for the entire apartment. That was a bedroom suite, stove, refrigerator, table and chairs and livingroom furniture. LIke I said……..we had faith.
We set the date of the wedding to April 21, 1961. I had to pay for my own gown, flowers and gifts for attendants. No one offered to do a reception……so I had no reception and no wedding cake.
Pastor Jack would conduct the wedding ceremony, Karen was my maid of honor and Gary was best man. I can still remember standing at the back of the church and getting ready to enter. I could see Mr. B standing up front and our eyes met for the first time that day. It was magic and I knew we loved each other. The ceremony began and the vows began. I was to repeat after the minister and I did okay until we go to …and obey….he had to repeat that line twice before I said it.
The ceremony was over, the boquet was tossed and we jumped in our FORD. Basil started the engine, put it in gear and it wouldn’t go anywhere. He said, Oh, no…something must be wrong with the transmission. Little did we know…..someone had slipped a jack under the car and propped it up. It ended up being so funny.
We did go on a honeymoon, but we headed to Dunbar and our new cute little apartment.
To be continued: There is a big surprise in the apartment……….really.