This year marks my Granny and Papa’s 80th birthdays and 60th wedding anniversary. A celebration was most definitely in order. We put together an “open house” type party at their church and served cake and punch.
The happy couple in front of the treats.
Aunt Vickie had the cake and cupcakes made. They were beautiful and delicious.
As we were setting up for the party, we had a bit of an incident. I was in the kitchen with Lauren and Aunt Vickie and I was looking for a lighter to light candles in the function hall. I opened the drawer on the left to find a lighter for the candles. As I opened the drawer, a mouse popped out and ran into the back of the cabinet. Cousin Lauren, Aunt Vickie and I shrieked as I nearly jumped out of my skin and back about 5 feet. I don’t remember how it happened in my state of shock, but the drawer was then somehow closed. Aunt Vickie, Cousin Lauren and I agreed that we had not hallucinated, that the tissue paper in the drawer had been shredded by the little creature, and that we would pull it together and carry on with the festivities after this traumatic event. That is all I would like to say about that.
All we could find to light the candles was a box of small matches. I wasn’t about to open any more drawers in the kitchen. I already said enough about that.
We nominated Uncle Brian to light the candles since he seemed to have more of a handle on how not to burn himself instead of the candle.
Caramelized mums. Approximately 9 minutes after poor Uncle Brian lit all 24 candles, we had to blow them out so we didn’t burn the place down. So much for the ambiance.
Aunt Vickie had a beautiful throw made with pictures of Granny and Papa when they were first “courting” and married. I know they will treasure it.
Nobody wanted to sit at the tables until cake was served. We had a full perimeter.
Before we served the cake, my dad thanked everyone for coming and decided to ask Granny and Papa a few questions about getting married. My Mom had been asking them about it before everyone arrived and we all thought the stories were worth sharing because my grandparents actually eloped.
The story goes that Granny and Papa were out and about in Burkesville on a Saturday night as was typical. Granny’s parents had even seen them around town and were pleased to see that they were having a good time (little did they know what was cooking…). Granny and Papa knew of a minister in the county who would marry them so they took two of their friends as witnesses and had the minister marry them that evening.
My dad asked Granny to talk about what the minister said at the wedding and Granny said she can’t remember because she was just focused on saying “I do.”
My dad then asked how much the wedding cost, to which Papa replied that it was “very expensive.” The minister didn’t officially charge anything to marry them but apparently would take $10. Papa has decided that that $10 was “money well spent.”
Given that my Papa was such an obedient son and respectful person, it’s still hard for all of us to believe that they eloped. When asked whose idea it was to elope, Papa pointed at Granny and everybody just laughed.
The story gets even more interesting because they kept their marriage a secret for 6 weeks. One day my Papa walked into Granny’s parent’s house to see Granny and Mammie, Granny’s mother, confronted him, saying she knew he would put off telling them as long as he could (evidently, Granny had spilled the beans but neglected to let Papa know that the secret was out). Papa said he didn’t know if he should “faint or go blind.”
It was great to hear them tell those stories. I hadn’t even heard some of the details before.
And then it was time to eat and visit!
Quite a turnout as you can tell by the cake. And Granny was worried no one would come.
I was in charge of cutting this cake. Didn’t I do a beautiful job?
Granny and Papa and their boys, Uncle Brian and my dad.
Granny and Papa and the full squad: sons, daughters-in-law, and grandbabies (3 out of 4).
Only 3 of the 4 grandchildren have been at each their 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries. At the 40th, Kristen wasn’t born yet, at the 50th, I had just started high school and couldn’t miss that much school to travel from Boston to Kentucky. And during the 60th, my sister, Eugene, was missing because she is currently studying abroad. Let the record show that cousin Lauren has perfect attendance.
Apparently, we were in need of some bossing. It was her party after all.
She realized I had caught her in the act.
This is so adorable, I can’t stand it.
This is equally adorable. Clearly, if there’s one thing my family knows how to do, it’s how to laugh.
The party was full of reunion of old friends and extended family, storytelling, and laughter. Granny and Papa seemed to have a great time and really enjoyed seeing everybody who came.
Congratulations on 80 years of life and 60 years of life together, Granny and Papa! We all love you very much.
Y’all give each other some sugar,