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Friday, 11 September 2009 17:58
We married off our daughter Lisa in July to a fine Montana farm boy she met through Farmers Union!
The festivities were wonderful and she asked my mother if she could wear her wedding dress she wore in 1946! My mom told her that she would be honored but that she shouldn't do that because she only paid $20 for the dress then and that the dress now has brown creases where the dress was folded in the cedar chest. Lisa told her that she really wanted to wear the dress, that she thought it was beautiful, and that if the brown creases showed that would just give the dress character. It was a perfect fit and she was truly beautiful in it!
Mom was so proud.
My father was a farmer his whole life but he was also a local entertainer with the guitar and vocal. Nothing really that good but he always hoped he could hit it big and pay off the farm with it. One of his special things he did was he wrote and recorded a song for each of his grandchildren when they were born as long as he still had his mind about him.
It mostly embarrassed us kids.
He came down with Alzheimer's when he was sixty and passed away from it 15 years later in 99.
When they called me out for the father with the bride dance, unknown to me Lisa had asked the DJ to play her grandfathers song "Lisa Marie."
Hearing dad and that song after all these years and dancing with my beautiful daughter in front of our friends was truly a special moment and after it was over this gruff old fart had to walk around outside a little while and shed a few tears.
I told dad outside under the stars that I'm not sure how i handled life, right or wrong, but I raised my kids right and he would be proud of how Lisa turned out.
This is the true meaning of life!