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A Stormy Proposal

June 14, 2017

Flag Day was June 14.  Did you do anything special for Flag Day?  This day holds a special meaning for My Mr. B and me.  It's our anniversary!!  This is our 37th year together.  As we get ready for our daughter's wedding, it's kind of fun to reflect on our own those many years ago.  

We met in September.  In March he came to Montana to meet my family.  He had never been to Montana, so maybe he just came to see that part of the country, because it was convenient with a place to stay.  On our flight back to Florida there was a terrible storm.  Really, a white-knuckle, this-is-the-end kind of storm.  Thinking we were going to crash at any minute, he leaned over and asked me if we should set a date.  I think he was trying to be a nice guy and make a girl feel good by proposing to her before they both died in that plane crash.  (That was a proposal, right?)

Guess what?  The plane didn't crash!!  There was no backing out now.  It was not going to be a lengthy engagement.  We were both getting along in years (26) and we needed to get married and quit paying for two apartments and double utilities.  My Mr. B wanted a date that he could remember.  As far as holidays go, Father's Day and Mother's Day weren't always on the same day of the year.  Memorial Day was too soon.  My sister-in-law suggested Flag Day, which is always on June 14.  Sounded good to us.  That was only three months away, so we needed to get busy.

I'm Mormon and he's Baptist.  My family probably wasn't coming - not because they disapproved, but just the cost, etc.  So we talked to a Baptist preacher who said he would marry us.  Because my family and friends weren't coming, I wanted our wedding invitations/announcements to have our pictures on them.  Wanted them to see the cute guy that I had snagged.  One of his friends took some pictures of us and we picked one and ordered our invitations.  The day I went to pick them up there was a problem.  It was our invitations, but it wasn't a picture of us!!  Those were strangers!!   Our names, our date, our everything, but NOT our picture.  I got a headache and called My Mr. B.  I needed him.  They didn't want to give us our deposit back and were insisting that we pay the balance. They said, "What are we going to do with them?"  My Mr. B said, "What are we going to do with them?"  We got our money back and went to a card shop and put a rush order in on some invitations without our picture.

When we told the preacher the date we had picked for our wedding, we were informed that another member of his congregation was getting married that same day.  Our wedding was going to be earlier in the day and her wedding was an evening wedding.  He suggested we call and see if she would mind if we used the church that day before her wedding.  We called.  She asked if we would mind if they set up their flowers earlier, before our wedding.  That was not a problem for us.  We didn't have a lot of money and weren't planning on flowers in the chapel.  So we had a lovely decorated chapel that we didn't have to pay for.

We also didn't have a photographer, so this is as good as it gets.
We really were a happy couple!!

The reception - again, we were on a pretty tight budget (actually there was not a budget - there was no money).  We did have a wedding cake and punch.  I believe there was a relish tray with vegetables and dip.  My sister-in-law remembers nuts and mints.  No band, no DJ, no dancing.  Just family and friends wishing us well.

My mother-in-law thought it was so romantic that we weren't telling anyone where we were going on our honeymoon.  Just told them we would call them later - and away we went.  Back to our house that we had rented.  We were exhausted.  We both fell asleep.  Woke up and went our for a steak dinner.  Needless to say, when we called My Mr. B's parents that night, his mother was very disappointed that we didn't go on a honeymoon.  But again, we didn't have a lot of money.

I'm thinking that our whole life together has been one long honeymoon.  We had bumps in the road before we even got to the ceremony.  Were they signs that we should rethink this?  Whatever they were, it only brought us closer and solidified us as a team.  Thank you to My Mr. B for 37 years.  If we make it the next 37 years we will be 100 years old - and I will still be loving you!!


  1. Pretty romantic! Happy Anniversary soon. ❤️πŸ’™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  2. I mean Happy belated Anniversary!

  3. Thanks. It is kind of romantic, now that I reread and rethink it. As I was reading it to My Mr. B I kind of got choked up. He gave me a tissue. In real life, that's as romantic as it gets.

  4. That was so sweet Dene. It made me laugh, made me cry and left me smiling. Congratulations on a great 37 years.

  5. That was so sweet Dene. It made me laugh, made me cry and left me smiling. Congratulations on a great 37 years.


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