It all started on the campus of Alma College. Kids going to class, studying together, trying to understand the meaning of life. And the reason for war. It was back in the early 1940s. Betty and Andy were just trying to finish their undergraduate degrees. As the story goes, Betty noticed Andy first, and followed him around campus before he realized the genuine interests they shared. This was the beginning of something very special.
Speed ahead to July 26, 1943. The location was Clawson, Michigan, in a small and quiet church. Betty had only a few days of preparation for this special moment; she had made a unique trip to Chicago to shop at Marshall Fields for her special dress and hat. Andy had elaborate attire for that day too, as he was just on a few days release from his active duty in the Air Force. Yes, they exchanged their vows that day, and spent a very short honeymoon at Crystal Lake – thanks to a borrowed car and a wedding gift of very limited rationed gas coupons. This was the beginning of something very, very special.
Zoom ahead to August 1, 2003. The location is Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast, where Andy & Betty are met by their family to celebrate their wonderful 60 years of marriage. Their four children arrived from California, Rhode Island, Kansas, & Michigan, while grandchildren & great-grandchildren ventured from Washington, Missouri & Michigan. All arrived safely and joyously in Mackinaw City, in anticipation of a unique day of celebration with their family members.
Move ahead to August 2, 2003. The day begins with clouds and a light rainfall. All dressed in their fancy, the group of 20 set off to Mackinac Island to enjoy a carriage ride and an elaborate lunch buffet at the Grand Hotel. Just in time (as it often does up here), the sun began to shine and brighten the festivities, especially as the family gathered back at Brigadoon for professional photos taken to record this significant event (even including a group picture at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge before sunset). The evening ended with the family enjoying good wine and intimate stories of the love and admiration they expressed to their seniors, with the clanging of wine glasses heard a hundred times around the room. A family’s tribute which brought tears to my eyes.
I am thankful for the opportunity to host the celebration of this family reunion, to witness the love and joy, to share in the laughter and fun, and to appreciate the longevity of Andy & Betty’s relationship. This IS something very, very special.
Congratulations, Andy & Betty. May you celebrate many more wonderful years together!
"Where there is love there is life." -Mahatma Gandhi
Until next week!
Brigadoon Bed & Breakfast