Today would have been Mom and Dad’s 72nd Wedding Anniversary.
Mom died in November 2012. This is the first anniversary since her death. Dad is doing okay: alert, fairly active, and joking with the staff at the Center where he lives. I tend to see him on Saturdays. Memories of Mom always come up, but as time passes, the tears are not always there anymore. Good memories.
One of Dad’s favorite memories of Mom is the day he first saw her. It was in the Steinmetz High School cafeteria. Dad was some sort of hall monitor, but his focus was not on his job. He saw her across the room during lunch and just knew she would be his. That was in 1939.
They were married on June 7, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois. Mom carried yellow tea roses. They went to Wisconsin Dells for a short honeymoon.
Dad is very proud that since the wedding, he has not taken off his wedding band, ever, not even once. Not slogging through the muck at Iwo Jima, not in messy everyday clean-ups like while painting or working in the garden, and not in the hospital during surgeries. He refuses to take it off to this day—it is his last tangible connection to Mom.
When I see him tomorrow over dinner, I am sure we will share some good memories, and probably cry a bit. Mom and Dad—Raymond Francis and Dorothy Birkemoe—were a great couple.
Dad will enjoy these photos of Mom and Dad over the years:
I know their love lives on. Happy Anniversary!
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THINGS WERE A BIT DIFFERENT BACK IN 1941
Average 3 bedroom house cost $4000
Average house rental was $32 a month
Average annual income was $2,437
A new Ford cost $680
Gas was $0.19 a gallon
Bread was $0.08 a pound/loaf
Milk was $0.54 a gallon
Bacon was $0.34 a pound
First Class Stamp was $0.03
Some popular songs were “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” “Deep in the heart of Texas,” “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire,” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”
Some movies that came out that year: Citizen Kane, Dumbo, How Green Was My Valley, Sergeant York, and The Maltese Falcon.
Japan Bombed Pearl Harbor
Superman was rated 4-7 because of his X-ray Vision
Greta Garbo Retired
Red Skelton started on the radio, with his closing “God Bless”
4th Thursday in November officially named as Thanksgiving