Mother was headed to a party after her high school graduation.
Daddy was a wild sailor home on leave.
They crossed paths and the rest is history.
A few days. A few letters.
And the next thing you know, it is August. Mother is on a plane to San Diego to get married.
My grandmother calls ahead to her close friend we lovingly called Aunt Nell. Aunt Nell lived in Lakewood, California.
Aunt Nell was asked to meet my parents at the airport and stop the wedding.
I loved to hear her tell this story.
She said she got to the airport and took one look at Daddy.
“He stepped off the plane and he was wearing his dress blues.”
“Your Daddy was sharppp…..”
She said, “I told myself there would be no stopping this wedding…”
We all laughed.
She was right.
They were married in her backyard 50 years ago today.
Daddy always loved for me to tell that story and copy Aunt Nell’s voice.
He would smile.
Aunt Nell came to Johnny and Angelica’s wedding 30 years later. She made no secret about the fact that she was looking for Daddy.
Still makes me smile.
I guess ZZ Top was right-Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man.
Young girls, old ladies and brokenhearted daughters.
Neither one of my parents made it to see this day.
But I will celebrate you both in my heart today.
I got the best and worst of both of you.
Thanks for the rebel heart. I use it daily.
I love and miss you both dearly,
Your baby girl