I share this story every year. It’s one I will probably continue to share every year. The picture makes me smile, and I think it is just a good reminder of “what used to be.” Of a time that may have been simpler, but the work was harder, and the days were longer. But it’s a sweet love story – at least it is to me.
The above photo is of my grandparents, Paul & Bessie (Thrasher) Parrish, and it was taken the spring after they were married. The house they’re standing in front of is the house that my great-grandfather, Charles Parrish, built in 1913, and yes, the newlyweds lived at home with his parents for a short time after they were married.
But what I personally think is the greatest part of this photo, is that the horse in the picture with them was their wedding gift from his parents. No silverware, new linens or stemware…but a horse.
My how times have changed
They were married on February 14, 1935 – Valentine’s Day. The story told to me was that they met at a square dance that grandpa was calling when he saw her from across the room.
…and the rest is history. They spent 57 years together before grandpa passed away in 1992.