Monday, June 29, 2020

I Do I Do –– by Nora LeDuc #Romance Gems


This month is famous for the theme love is in the air. The saying usually triggers many flashbacks of June weddings. This year we have had few in-person ceremonies. Too bad, because I enjoy going to them, being in them, and looking at pictures from them. The first nuptial I do remember was my aunt and uncle’s. I was the flower girl. Although I don’t recall much of the church happenings, a couple of facts stuck in my mind. My grandmother made my dress. I sat with the bridal party at their table for the reception, worried that no one would cut up my meat when                                        I was served. Apparently, I had my list of priorities even back then.



I have a lot of remembrances of my own wedding. I was nervous until I walked down the aisle and found myself surrounded by friends and family. They were nodding and smiling at me. Yes, this would be fun. For our honeymoon, my husband and I had decided to do a cross-country trip by car from New England to the west coast. We would camp along the way––although I’d never camped, I thought this would be exciting. On one of our stops, we set up outside Yellowstone. That night, it was thirty-two degrees. Neither of us slept much in our sleeping bags on the frozen ground. We both wore our coats over as many clothes as we had. But off we went touring the next day. Another evening a windstorm took down our tent while we were in it. We spent the remainder of the darkness at a rest area trying to sleep in in a Volkswagen bug.


Our destination was the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. We both still talk about the day we arrived in San Francisco, happy to rest in a hotel in a real bed. It was foggy, but we couldn’t help but focus on a bunch of men hanging out in the parking lot. They stared at us as we parked and marched inside.  I noticed the elevator’s posted inspection certificate had expired two years ago. But we got up in the morning, enthused and ready to visit Mickey. My husband went out to the car to get something and came back in to tell me someone had broken-in and taken our camping gear, his tools, and his Frye boots. They had left the tent, but we had more bad news. The pol­­­­ice were on strike. A desk clerk answered our call to the station. He said he’d mail us a form. We also learned that only renter’s insurance covered our vehicle’s stolen contents. Of course, we didn’t have this. And yes, we made it to Disney and had a fabulous experience.

Now as my husband and I travel the road of life, we still have our ups and downs, but we try to enjoy the little moments. The grass finally grew in the bare spot, we found a parking space at the beach, but best of all we do it together. If you're at a loss to find a positive, pick up a romance. They're guaranteed to lift your spirits with hope.

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~Nora

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18 comments:

  1. What a story! I'm glad you went on to enjoy your honeymoon. My brother and I were talking yesterday about how nice his and my sister-in-law's outside wedding was. We figured out that even though he was 22 and I was 12, it was also the 1st wedding either of us had ever been to!

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  2. I'm glad you remember it! I probably wouldn't remember my aunt's if I hadn't been in it. And you can what was of great interest to me. Outdoor weddings are lovely, aren't they?

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  3. Nice post, Nora! I enjoyed reading about your camping experiences. Reminded me of a time with my ex-husband, two small kids, a tent and a tornado warning. Fun times! (not) Your books look fabulous. Heading to check them out.

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  4. Oh, gosh! What a trip. Can't believe your stuff was stolen. Yikes! But it sounds like y'all still had a good time.

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  5. A honeymoon to remember! I’m sure it taught you a lot about making the best of things. We have our own interesting San Francisco story. Cool place! Off to check out your books!

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  6. Thanks, Bonnie, will be waiting for your San Francisco story.

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  7. I was 9 when I attended a wedding for the first time. It was magical. I've always loved weddings, but I've heard a lot of honeymoon misadventures including my own. Larry wanted to go snow skiing. I'd never been. That first day, as doggedly determined as I am, I decided I was going to be expert by the end of the day so I would NOT quit. By that night, I ached in places I didn't know had muscles. He went to the hotel gift shop and bought a tube of Deep Heat and massaged that into my sore muscles. It burned like fire. I dashed for the shower only to discover water made it SO much worse. Finally, the burning lessened and exhaustion sent me to dreamland. The next morning I got up and went to brush my teeth—always the first thing I do every morning. Instead of picking up the Crest, I grabbed the Deep Heat and put it on my toothbrush. Stuck it in my mouth, started brushing, and really woke up then! Cough, gag, rinse, spit, repeat umpteen times. I was so glad to go home from that honeymoon. BUT, I did learn to snow ski and loved it!

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    1. Great story Joan. Hope the water didn't make your mouth worse when you brushed your teeth.

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  8. Happy Anniversary!! I did actually go to a wedding this weekend. The poor couple had pushed it off from May. The church had every 3rd pew cordoned off with tule and everyone wore masks except the wedding party. It was beautiful!! No reception but we got to wave to the couple as they got in their limo and drove away.

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  9. Wow, what a change. I hope the couple live happily ever after. Glad the wedding happened for them.

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  10. I am curious to know how you made the trip back with no camping gear. What a trip!

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    1. We ate sandwiches and went to bed at dark since we didn't have a cookstove or lantern. Had the ten and sat by the campfire. Still slept on the ground. We took the warmer route back, the old Route 66.

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  11. We lived near San Francisco for a year. I love that area. I'm NOT a fan of camping. The only time we went, there were people partying all night at the next camping spot. I prefer Holiday Inn! Like Kathleen, I am curious about your return trip. I didn't know there was a Disneyland at San Francisco. We went in Los Angeles.

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    1. Sorry, Caroline, I wrote a response but must have clicked and closed up too quickly. Yes, we drove to LA. Seemed short after driving across country.

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  12. That was one memorable honeymoon. Love your attitude though. Haven't been invited to a wedding in years. Most couples are waiting until they are in the thirties now to tie the knot it seems.

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  13. It does seem that way. The brides and grooms usually already own a house too!

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