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Linda and I were married on June 26, 1971 in Jackson, Tennessee. It hardly seems possible. That was so long ago, yet it seems like yesterday.
I think back to that magical weekend, and all of the people that were there, so many of them no longer here. I think of my late father, then only 48, and how proud I was to have him stand up as my â€œbest man.â€ My mother, only 46, never looked prettier.
Linda had just graduated from Vanderbilt University and I was already in the army, stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. We were excited about beginning our new life in Colorado, as it meant living far enough from our parents without being too far . . . and living in wonderland. Linda and I would spend the next two years enjoying Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. What an opportunity!
Linda is standing next to some wedding presents the day before our wedding. We drove across I-70 to our new home in Colorado. (This might be the only sign in America not riddled by bullet holes.) We arrived in Colorado Springs at the little duplex I had rented, and had dinner that first night on a card table I borrowed from next door. Fried chicken, broccoli, applesauce and grape soda rounded out the bill of fare. That summer, we visited Rocky Mountain National Park and took the highway to Cripple Creek, Colorado. We were on the road every weekend. We were only 22, and we made the most of it.
Those were memorable times, and I had the privilege of sharing them with the love of my life.
Thank you for stopping by!
Camera: Brownie Hawkeye Instamatic ($8.99 new in the box).
Also by Richard Knight
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