“It was Twenty Years ago Today”

Jack’s post is a day early for once – –

Twenty years ago today Wendy and I tied the knot. We had known each other just two years and when I asked ‘the question’ I immediately said “take time to think about it’! After all, I was foreign and older and she wasn’t as impulsive as me. Actually that’s not true – time has proved that she’s the impulsive one and I’m much more resistant to change.

But when we were introduced by our mutual friends, Wayne and Jean Bean, in Greeneville Tennessee I was the impulsive one for once.

wedding

We were married in the beautiful old stone house of Aileen Carr in Auchtermuchty in Fife. August 14th 1998 was a Friday (you can check) and was the day before the annual traditional music festival. That was an incentive for our storytelling and singing friends to come from ‘a’ the airts’ and come they did. Some of them have passed on now, but most are still around and in particular – Aileen Carr who provided the house, George Haig who was best man, Donna-Marie Emert who was best maid and Linda Bandelier who officiated as well as Jean Lockhart who laid on the wonderful food.

invite

I marvel at the last twenty years, starting with Wendy’s ‘run of the arrow’ as an American interloper into the Scottish storytelling scene and then our move to Lancashire in England where we were both a bit out of place, then Florida where we were VERY out of place and finally here to Big Stone Gap where we’ve made our home for twelve years, running Tales of the Lonesome Pine bookstore and becoming part of a real community.

It’s sometimes been difficult and there have been times when she has had to ‘explain things to me properly’, but that’s probably true of every meaningful relationship. We’ve been lucky and fortunate to have each other and to have so many good friends to help us along the way.

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She watches after me and makes sure I’m OK in every way – –

I loved her the first minute I saw her and still do!

 

13 Comments

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13 responses to ““It was Twenty Years ago Today”

  1. Lydia

    Congratulations on your Anniversary!

  2. I well remember that lovely day.

  3. That’s so sweet! Wishing you many more happy years!

  4. You are a wonderful couple and a wonderful couple of people! Congrats!

  5. ann

    Thank you for sharing your happiness with us all.  You’ve done so much to enrich our lives and we’re grateful that you found Big Stone Gap.      Ann Mathews

  6. marilyn hartline

    How sweet you have described your experience. Enjoy the communion.

  7. Cathy Rickey

    What a love story!! Always enjoy! Congratulations.

  8. Jeanne Vaver

    I only know you two through the blog, but I too want to send my congratulations on a very special occasion!

  9. anne64

    And may it continue so for a long, long time!!

  10. Elizabeth

    Jack, this is a most wonderful tribute to Wendy and your marriage. David and I wish you many more happy years and look forward to reading a similar post in another twenty years! We are so very happy we met you! Best wishes and love to you both!

  11. afterwordsbooks

    I love this so much. Happy Anniversary to two of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Wishing you many more years of happiness!

  12. Jack Beck

    Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts!

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