[family] Happy Anniversary, baby

Today is my (step)mom and dad’s 41st wedding anniversary. Yes, they really did get married six days after my birthday, the year I turned seven. I have no idea what they were thinking, getting married so close to JayCon.

Later that year, in second grade at Morrison Academy, a Baptist missionary school in downisland Taiwan, I was sent home with a note telling my parents to punish me for lying as I’d written a little essay about being at their wedding. Ah, the good old days.

MEL & Jay 06-12-1971
Me at the front porch reception, with my sister just to the left

Jay 06-12-1971
Let them eat cake!

Jay 06-12-1971
Dad, throwing the garter

Jay 06-12-1971
Me explaining something to my Grandma Kessler

We were all young and beautiful once, weren’t we?

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad.

Photo credits unknown.

3 thoughts on “[family] Happy Anniversary, baby

  1. CJ says:

    It’s small world… my parents were at Morrison around 1969-1971, teaching and working as dorm parents. Hopefully it wasn’t one of my parents who accused you of lying!

    I’m a Portlander who hasn been lurking and reading your blog since I discovered Green. In 1971 I was an infant and unfortunately I have no memory of living in Taiwan.

    1. Jay says:

      Hah! That is a small world, indeed. I think to my Southern Baptist 2nd grade teacher, it was simply inconceivable (so to speak) for a child to have been at their parents’ wedding. Step families were less common then, and a lot less talked about (remember about then The Brady Bunch was somewhat radical).

      Hope you enjoyed Green, which does draw very much from my own experiences in Taiwan. You and my brother are almost the same age, and both born there.

  2. CJ says:

    I did enjoy Green and now I think I might re-read it this summer knowing that your memories of Taiwan informed the world-building. Endurance is on my reading list as well.

    Congratulations to your parents on their anniversary.

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