You know it is funny what we get use to…what we take for granted sometimes.
Yesterday would have been my 38th anniversary had Danny not died from a massive heart attack in 2006. This morning, I was remembering back to that day of many years ago, because today is Saturday and it was actually on a Saturday that we made that long journey to Aiken, S.C.
I was thinking about how long it took us to get there and how I had to sit on Danny’s lap all the way causing my neck to ache for two days afterwards! Then it dawned on me that the reason my brother-in-law had to take us in his car was because we didn’t have one of our own.
Today people would be aghast wouldn’t they? More so than they may have been back in 1971. That two people, who are only 17 and 18 years old with not but one tiny paycheck to their name and NO CAR was actually thinking about getting married!
Our parents told us that we had to have a house and furniture before we could get married…Well, we had the house…A little three room “shot-gun house” that we rented from the Cotton Mill where Danny worked at the time. They called it a “shot-gun” house because of the way it was made…three little rooms that went straight through. First the living room, then the bedroom, then the kitchen and as an afterthought ; a bathroom that was built onto the back of the kitchen! We were lucky that the door to ours was on the inside…some folks had to go out on the back porch to access theirs!
For months we had scrimped and saved enough to buy a used iron bed and a new re-stuffed mattress…a table and four chairs…a stove…and a refrigerator. My mama let us borrow her little twin bed ( also iron) and we used that as a couch in the living room. We had a wringer washing machine and a clothes line to do our clothes. Danny’s BIG MAMA made us sheets for our bed from cotton sheeting she got from the mill for a wedding present!
We thought we were rich.
It scares me now when looking back…. I realize how poor we actually were . We didn’t have much at all…and we were mere babies.
But you know what? I wish I still had that old fifties’ style chrome table and chairs, it was so pretty…Same goes for the iron beds and oh, my goodness, what I would give for a stove like I had then …It had two ovens…one big and one small…it had push buttons on the back top of it and three cooking ‘eyes’ and a ‘deep well’ to fry or boil in ! That little bitty refrigerator??? Well, I can not in all honesty say that I would trade in the one I have now for it, because I remember too well the little bitty freezer in the one we started out with! There was only enough room for two ice trays in it! (Plus I hated defrosting that thing!) How did we ever make it without room for frozen meat or vegetables??? We hardly ever could afford much meat and the main vegetables we had were cabbage, potatoes and dry beans.
Yep…it’s funny what we take for granted sometimes.
Would I go back to those days?
In a heart beat….
Because what we had back then…
Was worth more than all the gold in Fort Knox.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.