This is my favorite photo of my parents because they both look so genuinely happy. It was taken sometime between 1948 and 1950.
I don't remember any time during my life when they looked as happy as in this photo. For most of my childhood and young adult years I wasn't really sure they loved each other. They just didn't seem close.
I think things changed when their last child (me) left home and it was just the two of them again. It wasn't until my father died in 1987 that I realized how very much my mother loved my father. She was devastated by his death and I don't think she ever really recovered from the loss. They had been married 48 years, from September, 1938, until May, 1987.
My parents were strict, probably because they had high standards and high moral expectations for their children: honesty in all things, obedience, respect for others, good manners, kindness, cleanliness, hard work, etc. I suppose they are things many of my generation were taught at home. I'm grateful to have had parents who cared enough to teach me the values they held in high esteem.
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