Please join me in wishing my parents, Ed and Grace, a Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary today! Wooo hooo! Yes, they were 13 and 12 when they got married. They are superb parents who have an impressive parenting resume with only a few mishaps, entirely at the fault of my siblings. I was the child who ran around at 3 years old yelling, “I be good! I be good!” and haven’t caused a day of heartache since. :o) (Fortunately for me, Mom and Dad can’t remember anything different.)
My dad lived up to his nickname, Steady Eddie. I don’t know if that actually was his nickname, but he did live up to it nonetheless. He is easy going, level headed, kind hearted, a Mr. Fix-It, has a great dry sense of humor, and cries at long-distant telephone commercials. He has supplied his three children and their spouses with wisdom and a Godly example that we’ve all depended on. Plus he’s kept Mom happy for over 50 years. If that isn’t amazing in this day and age, please tell me what is.
Mom has been the life of the party, whether she wanted to be or not. She has provided us with laughs and love and learning all the days of our lives. We have fond memories of her orange, polyester karate outfit, her jazzy piano playing of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and her attempts at beating her children in fierce games of Scrabble. She knows more two letter Scottish, Burmese and Taiwanese words than Mr. Webster. She is a talented artist, home decorator and fashion shopping guru.
My siblings and I were truly blessed by being raised by these fine folks. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
What else happened in 1958, you ask? Let me expound:
The U.S. Army inducted Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into U.S. private #53310761
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act into United States law.
First International House of Pancakes (IHOP) opened in Toluca Lake, Calif.
The U.S. Congress formally created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Instant noodles went on sale for the first time.
The first successful American satellite, Explorer I, was launched into orbit.
Edward Nikander married Gracie Chauncey in a cheery, Valentine-decorated ceremony in Vancouver, BC. The bride wore an off the shoulder gown with netted layers with v-shaped trim. The groom sported a trim, white dinner jacket. The couple honeymooned at the first motel they found that didn’t have weeds. (If the establishment doesn’t take care of the grounds, imagine what the rooms must look like! ~ Mom’s lesson #47)