Today is Valentine's Day, so I'm featuring a very sweet photo of my grandparents asleep on a blanket. This photo is precious to me for a number of reasons. Perhaps if you look closely you may notice that they're probably not really sleeping, my grandmother has a curious smile on her face. You may also notice that they're not really even in the same photo - Marymac cut out a photo of herself in a similar pose and pasted it next to my grandfather. She was famous for this. I can remember a number of pictures where she would cut people out or paste people in to make the perfect photo.
My grandparents were very much in love. I remember my Aunt Marguerite (actually my great-aunt) talking about them. Dick and Marymac were high school sweethearts, but Dick was a couple years younger than she was. Marymac's father had a rule that the sisters could socialize with boys on the porch swing out in front of the house. Marymac had several boys interested in her, so there was a rule that the first guy who came by after school was the one who could stay. Dick was a couple years younger than Marymac, so the older guys with cars would sometimes beat Dick to the Goodner home.
Aunt Marguerite said that Dick would always look so dejected if he couldn't run there quick enough, so sometimes Marguerite would hang out and talk to him until the other guy left and her younger sister was free to talk to him.
One other sweet item of mention is that after they were married on October 23, 1936, my grandfather instituted a practice of celebrating what he called Monthiversaries. On the 23rd of every month, he would get some kind of small gift or present for his wife. Even when he was away at sea during World War II and Korea, he would send money and instructions for his father-in-law to deliver a note with flowers or some such thing for his beloved.
The glue on the photo has now gotten old and the two in the photo are not connected, but below you can see how my grandmother invented Photoshop.
So don't be bashful, take a cue from Dick and Marymac and let those you love know today!