Friday, September 11, 2015

Five on Friday

Still feeling the glow of our anniversary, so I'll use it for my Five on Friday.  I'm joining Amy at Love Made My Home and others for this weekly event.

Number One:

Mac and I have been married 3 times, to each other I should say.  Our legal marriage date is August 27, but we celebrate the 10th of September and we were married again in December, but neither of us can remember the date.   It all has to do with the Vietnam War.  We were engaged in the summer of 1965 and our wedding was scheduled for the 10th of September.  At that time married men were excused from the draft.  Mac received his draft notice and the draft board then exempted him because he was getting married.  Then towards the end of August the rules were changed and it was decided that anyone married after midnight of August 26 would no longer be exempt.  Mac came home from  work, grabbed his Mother (he was too young to get married without parental permission), picked me up at my parent's house and we drove to Nevada for a quick marriage.  We didn't get it done by midnight though.  Returning home I went back to my parent's house and he went home to his.  It was only after our September 10 marriage that we began our life together.
Then in December, because our church wedding had been in a Baptist church, we married again in the Catholic Church.  So 3 anniversaries.

Number Two:
We didn't have a honeymoon because he had to report in for his draft physical 3 days after we married.  So since then we've tried to go somewhere in August or September to have a yearly honeymoon.  This year we spent August 27th in London.

Number Three:
Yesterday we went to the Cotton Exchange Tavern for an anniversary lunch.   A former cotton warehouse and offices for the selling of cotton it was built in the 1880's.  We ordered calamari as an appetizer,  Mac had a Low Country Boil (he said it was the best one he'd ever had) and I had a Shrimp Salad.  Our meal, with tip (we were very generous because our waitress was great) cost $80.  After Mac was drafted and we were living in Georgia I spent about $28.00 a month on groceries, my how times have changed.

Backside of the Cotton Exchange, it's on the side known as Factor's Walk

The front side

The happy couple

Two cold ones because it was hot and humid

Our Calamari Appetizer

Low Country Boil

Shrimp Salad

Number Four:

Mac's 2nd cousin Isabel caught my bouquet at our wedding, she's 83 now, unmarried, still beautiful and flying to London to board a ship to sail to New York.  She's amazing.  I hope I have her energy at that age.

Number Five:

I was 16 when I first saw Mac and knew, absolutely knew, he was the one.  He was standing on the patio at our high school with one foot up on a planter.  I can close my eyes now  and picture him there still.  I can tell you exactly what he was wearing.  Such a pretty boy.

That's my Five, please grab the link below and see what others have for their Five.


  1. We are right behind you in years (46) but met when we were very young (he 17, me 15) and he went to Nam right after we got married. Your anniversary story is fascinating! You sound like you are still very much in love! Peeked at the wedding picture in the last post and you are such a handsome couple!

  2. What a sweet sweet story. Congratulations! I looked at the wedding picture too. It's beautiful. It's a shame all marriages can't be as solid as yours.

  3. Janet - what a lovely romantic story - so pleased it has worked out so well for you both. May you have lots more anniversaries to come.

  4. Three times married to each other. that is so cool. I am intrigued that you knew right away. I think I knew almost right away - I just wonder how we DO know such things. Do you ever marvel at this?
    A lovely post!

  5. Happy all of your anniversaries!!! I am so pleased for you that you have been married so happily all of these years together, it was obviously meant to be for you!!! Thank you for joining Five On Friday! I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  6. Long-term marriages are to be honored! We've always thought that was an unfair law: a young man could be drafted to serve his country but had to have parental permission to marry if under 21. My mother-in-law went with us to get our marriage license.

  7. Happy Anniversary! You can celebrate three times:)

  8. Happy Anniversary, three times! Sounds good to me!!

  9. What a wonderful wonderful post. Happy anniversary to you both for all 3 dates.

  10. You both have lots of wonderful memories to look back on and to share - it is lovely that you knew instantly that you were made for each other - long may your happiness continue - big congratulations and many more to come

  11. You do look a very happy couple. Many congratulations on your special anniversary. I love the story of how you met and of your three weddings. How wonderfully lucky you both are to have each other:)


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