We eloped!

sheilajoyce_gwApril 12, 2013

We eloped 48 years ago today. I was a teacher and finishing my master's in the summers, and my DH had recently taken a job two states away and was starting his master's. I had planned to visit him during my spring break because as a new employee, he had only one day off a week. Another employee traded him his day off, and so we married in Cincinnati with the help of a fellow employee who was a judge who waived our waiting period. We had a two day honeymoon, one day in Berea, Kentucky, and one in Lexington.

Then I returned to finish teaching that school year and then finish my degree in the summer. By that time, he had taken an even better job in Washington, D. C. We have lived in Bethesda, Md, a few months in NJ while he trained on Wall Street, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Chicago suburbs, and back to southern California, where we are now.

We have 3 kids in their 30s now, and two darling grandsons. All of them seem to be doing well, so we count our blessings.

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Jodi_SoCal

Congratulations SheilaJoyce!

Jodi-

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:02PM
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cheryl_ok

congratulations!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:03PM
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marry

Congratulations!
A marriage of 48 years is something to be treasured!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:08PM
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pam_25f

A great life story. Congratulations.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:16PM
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lydia1959

Congrats!!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:21PM
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mamatoad

Congratulations!! You have been truly blessed! May those blessings continue for many more years!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:32PM
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alisande

Happy Anniversary!!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:43PM
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chisue

What an exciting beginning...a rewarding 'middle'...and a happy 'ever after'! Congratulations to you both!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:43PM
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marilyn_c

Congratulations, and may you have many more years together.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:54PM
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patti43

Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing a sweet love story. That first year must've been hard on you both. Hope you have many, many more anniversaries.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 1:58PM
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nanny98

CONGRATULATIONS! and Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing your "Love Story".

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:01PM
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joann23456

"Marriage ... [t]hat complete union which makes the advancing years a climax, and age the harvest of sweet memories in common ..." "Middlemarch," by George Eliot.

Happy anniversary!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:40PM
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brightonborn

Very nice story...congratulations !!!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:41PM
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Fun2BHere

Lovely story...congratulations on finding the right guy!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:54PM
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petaloid

Happy Anniversary to you both, and wishing you many more to come!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 2:57PM
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lindalou

happy anniversary and many more to come!! :)

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 3:06PM
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glenda_al

You are truly blessed!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 3:54PM
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Georgysmom

Who said it wouldn't last? Congratulations!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 3:55PM
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katlan

Happy Anniversary! Great story.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 4:30PM
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donna_loomis

Happy anniversary to a truly generous and gracious lady and what HAS to be a wonderful man (or you would not have chosen him)!

Many more happy years to you both!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 5:55PM
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joan_mn

Happy anniversary!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 6:01PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Patti43, I lost my response to you. We had a very easy first year, so easy that it surprised even me. We had two problems to overcome that year. I squeezed the toothpaste tube from the middle of the tube, and he left the toilet seat up.

Money was tight, in part because we lived on a very strict budget. Sometimes the last day of the month, I served some very strange dinners with combinations of whatever I had in the freezer or cupboards. Though we lived frugally, we made sure we were secure since there were no parents to go to if we needed help. My parents had died many years earlier, and his grandparents who raised him had very little themselves.

His grad school classes and work shifts usually were not compatible with mine, and I can remember waving at him across the lanes of the Beltway as I was returning home from work and he was heading off. The Pill had been available in recent years, so we knew that I would be able to work a few years while we got on our feet financially. That was huge for us, and many other young couples too, I bet.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 6:17PM
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clubm

Congrats!!!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 7:25PM
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dedtired

I love this story. I love that you two were a team and worked to make a good life for yourselves -- and you did! I hope you have another happy 48 years together.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 8:05PM
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covingtoncat

Happy Anniversary. My parents both graduated from Berea College.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 11:40PM
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ntt_hou

Oh, I love true life story like this one. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I know you will have many many more happy years.

Besides, your 2 problems have been resolved in the past decade. The toothpaste tube have changed. It makes no difference where you squeeze the plastic tube now. There's toilet seats that automatically comes down when you flush the toilet.

Those inventors had sure resolved many arguments/disagreement between couples :o)

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 12:57AM
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ont_gal

Such a great tribute to true love-happy anniversary-and wishes for many more.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 1:32AM
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sheilajoyce_gw

Covingtoncat, we stayed at the Berea College Inn run by the students for our one night in Berea. I had quite a scare there as a new bride:

We arrived later than we had expected to. The elderly desk clerk kind of gave us what-for and explained that we had arrived so late that the bellman was already off for the night and that we would, therefore, have to carry our own bags up to our 3rd (?) floor room. That was fine with us, but as we got off the old fashioned elevator, the first door we saw was labeled "Restroom." I panicked. A new bride, with a lovely, sheer peignoir to wear, and the bathroom was DOWN THE HALL??? The first thing I checked when we got to the room was to see if we had a private bathroom. Phew, we did!

We toured the town shoppes the next day before we left for Lexington and the last day of our honeymoon.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 1:40AM
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jemdandy

Congratulation to an eventful start and a long marriage. You two have worked hard on your lives.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 3:14AM
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jannie

Congratulations!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 8:23AM
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susie53_gw

Yea!!! Congrats to you.!! Loved your storey...

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 9:49AM
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lindaohnowga

Happy Anniversary. What a wonderful story. May you have many,many more years of good health and happiness together.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 10:24AM
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