Friday, June 24, 2005

Mom and Dad's Wedding


My mom and dad got married in 1961. My mom still has this dress somewhere in a closet, but it's aged a bit. Cigarette smoke will do that. My dad had just gotten out of the Air Force, I think. Soon after this they went to California to live, and my mother had my brother Brad there, in a town called Walnut Creek.

My father got accepted to Berkeley, but never attended. Later, they went back to New York and I and my sisters were born in small towns in upstate New York. We all stayed there until 1979, when we moved to Texas. My dad accepted a job with Texas Instruments. They recruited people from all over the country at that time.

I love this photo. My parents young and with their futures ahead of them. That's my grandpa right behind the cake. I never met him, or my grandmother on my mother's side.

4 comments:

Dean said...

You mean you've been in Texas since '79? I was sorta under the impression that you'd been there for, oh, five years, and that's why you didn't have much of a twang.

I'm sure that if I'd been in Texas for 26 years, I'd have a drawl thicker than Ross Perot's wallet.

sxKitten said...

I love looking at pictures of my parents when they were young. They started dating at 16, so there are a lot of photos of my mom in a prom dress, my dad in a tux.

It feels a lot different to look at them now, though, when I'm 20 years older than they were in the photos, than it did when I was a teenager myself. They look so terribly young and naive. And yet they obviously knew what they were doing.

Diva said...

I love stories and pictures like this, because they're so real.

I worry that we're going to lose some of this nostalgia in future generations because of digital pictures. It just won't be the same - people of the future sitting in front of an older-model flat panel, looking at jpeg's (ancient technologies by then, I'm sure).

Kate said...

dean:
Interesting what a concerted effort to sound non-southern can do. It's not that I dislike southern accents, in fact I do a fabulous one, and a great British one too. But there's something to be said for having a non-specific accent. It's much easier for people to understand what you say.

sxkitten:
That's an interesting thing about parents. Though, I've come to the conclusion that mine didn't really have a clue.
I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, just that they lived day to day, just like we do.

diva:
It is pretty cool. I've been pilfering all the old photos from my mom's.
Oh, I don't know about the digital picture thing. There's something to be said for old technology. Remember what they said about books when e-books came out, and how e-mail was supposed to make our office paperless. Didn't quite work out that way.