On March 5, 1949, a young couple in Kentucky got married. That was the year that the New York Yankees would beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. It was the year that a horse named Ponder would win the 75th running of the Kentucky Derby. The average price of a new home cost $7,450.00 and the minimum hourly wage rate was 70 cents an hour. Harry S. Truman was President of the United States; Margaret Chase Smith was the Senator from Maine; NATO was established; Newfoundland joined Canada; soap operas debuted on television; the first VW Beetle was sold in the US; the very first automatic street lights were installed in New Milford, CT; the first Polaroid Camera sold for $89.95 and to celebrate the company’s 80th birthday, the first Pillsbury Bake-Off was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Movies that year included Adam’s Rib, Twelve O’clock High, On the Town, and Roger’s and Hammerstein’s South Pacific debuted. Folks were listening to Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues”, Vaughan Moore’s “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize for Literature and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” opened. And some very talented people were born that year: Vera Wang, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Lionel Ritchie and Bruce Springsteen to name a few.
Fast forward 62 years and we know that some things have changed a lot and some hardly at all, but one thing remains steadfastly the same: that young couple is still married and going strong! As the parents of two sons (the eldest of which happens to be my beloved husband, Richard) and one daughter; the grandparents of two; and the favorite companions of a Maine Coon Cat named Bro, they are kept pretty busy. In addition, Dad loves to read and star gaze, Mom loves to cook and bake, they care for all sorts of birds and animals, and they love everything Maine: Maine lobstah, Maine chowdah, Maine blueberries (preferably in the form of yogurt or a crisp), fresh hot popovers, the jagged mountains, the rugged coastline and everything in between from Kittery to Bar Harbor.
Richard and I thank them for their love and support and for their company on all the Maine adventures through all the years. We hope you will join with us in wishing them all the very best on this their 62nd wedding anniversary!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM & DAD WITH LOVE!