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The Newlyweds

Mom (19) and Dad (18) at Great-Grandma Nellie’s for Christmas in 1975.

A few days after saying their wedding vows, my parents drove three hours to celebrate Christmas with Great-Grandma Nellie. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of her from that Christmas, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to get her story.

Mom and Dad at their first apartment in February 1976.

My parent’s first apartment was in the small town where my mom grew up. The glass horse perfume bottle on the TV was around the house my entire childhood. I bet it’s still lurking around their house.

My parent’s first color TV.

This TV was a wedding gift from Grandpa Smith. The back of the photo states that this is a color TV. Remember when it was a big deal to have a color TV?

Mom, just chillin’ in December 1975.

I remember that table, but I especially remember the wooden salt & pepper shakers. We had those for years.

Uncle Randy (19) and Dad in January 1976.

My dad was a mechanic at John Deere, hence the uniform. You probably recognize Uncle Randy from his role as best man at my parent’s wedding.

Dad and his 1967 Z/28 Camaro in March 1976.

Here’s a glimpse of the 1967 Z/28 Chevy Camaro my dad had back when he didn’t have a kid and could have a cool car.

(L-R) Uncle Terry (21), Aunt Sondra (15), Uncle Vincent (17), Mom, and Dad at Grandpa & Grandma Gleason’s house in February 1976.

Uncle Terry and Aunt Sondra would be the next ones in my mom’s family to tie the knot.

By Justin

I was an only child.