Tuesday, April 6, 2010

July 1970.




the day i was leaving Texas, i pulled out our family albums. I desperately wished i had done this on the first day of my trip, rather than the morning i was leaving again.

Here's my beautiful mom before she was my mom... just a young thing in the Philippines in love with an American Airman. (see my Dad's stripes?) There on her dresser is the first big gift my Father gave her... a jewelry box that played the opening song of "Love Story," a movie he took her to see at the drive-through (one of their first real dates).

My Mom still has that jewelry box on her dresser at home. In their 39 years of marriage, it's one thing she has kept in all the moves as a military wife.

Along with a telegram he sent, promising to love her always.

53 comments:

katrina said...

cherish these forever.

i love.

Jumbleberry Orchard said...

This is really, really beautiful.

Thanks for sharing :-)

lindsey said...

that is the best, best, best thing i have read in a while. how lovely, thanks for posting this :) your mama is so beautiful! xo

Erin said...

Wonderful. How wonderful that your mom still has these precious mementos of a time so long ago. I love this post!
xoxo

Julia said...

your mother is so beautiful!

and jewelry boxes are so romantic... they're the one gift that's always appropriate for a woman of any age - from a little girl with her first plastic rings, to a cherished grandmother with generations of jewels to pass on :)

Steph said...

I love stories like these. So romantic : )

heisschic said...

beautiful. and omgosh your mom's hair!?!?!?! gorgeous.


ahh love this post.

Elisse said...

Gorgeous pic of your mom! What a great treasure find! A small snippet of when your parents were young lovebirds :)

Thanks for sharing!

J. said...

You're mother is BEAUTIFUL. I love these momentos... your parents love is extremely inspiring.
XOXO

Claire Kiefer said...

WOW. This is incredible, heartening, hopeful, so full of love, and your mom is exquisite. That long black hair! So pretty! What a sweet story, and you're so lucky to still have those pictures . . .

p.s. 39 years of marriage is pretty darn impressive!

Michely Medeiros. said...

how beautiful!!!! treasures that will last a lifetime :)

i love reading post like these ♥

sharlyn emily said...

how adorable. this made my little heart melt! ♥

Cat said...

Awwww, that is so sweet! I love romantic love stories!

xoxo,
Cat

Laurnie said...

I want to have stuff like that 30 years from now

Erin said...

This is the sweetest thing.

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

thank you for this. it is just beautiful and reminds what is important in life.

ali said...

Oh my goodenss. I love it!

Cassie said...

So beautiful Micaela xx

eQ said...

so sweet! You mom looks like my mom at that age. They were hot tamales!

Carolyn said...

So romantic and loving! Love this!! PS You look just like your Mom!

Katie said...

um, sweetest thing EVER. that is just precious. and your mom is GORGEOUS!!! just like her daughter :)

Sarah C said...

so romantic. sigh... isn't it amazing to think of your parents as young and hip and in love?? mine are still hip and in love... but there is something about old photographs of them together that just makes me so happy.

thanks for sharing, love!

L. Nicole said...

there are no words great enough for how much i love these photos and memory scans. <3 <3 vintage photos and articles of love are amazing especially when they're of your parents (or grandparents). :]
- L

L. Nicole said...

PS: your mother LOOKS like al mcgraw, seriously. so beautiful.
- L

Simply Me said...

Sigh !! what a heartfelt love note/telegram to send ..
its something to cherish and treasure forever ..infact its priceless , something you can share with your children and so on so forth ..
I <3 this post girl
xoxo

Geisslein said...

oh how beautiful - your posts always are....lovely and beautiful! Hope your day is a very beautiful one!

Fallon said...

Oh my,that is super sweet! Now we know where you get your beauty :) You look like your momma.

Meghan said...

Your mother is beautiful:) I think it's incredible that she has so many mementos - how special!

Annie Cristina said...

What a lovely post! *swoon*

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Raquel said...

That is sooo romantical. :) This post made me happy.

Maddy said...

This is so sweet, it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting this, it is beautiful!

Krissa said...

oh i love this....that is so awesome...something you will cherish forever...its so neat to see things like that from our parents...before they were our parents

L A C E Y said...

these are awesome. i love looking at my parents' old pictures, too. thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Your mum is gorgeous! What a beautiful love story.

livin wide said...

so sweet and beautiful!

Anna said...

oh my goodness, your parents have such a romantic story! your mom looks beautiful in the first photo!

Gracie said...

Oh my this is so lovely and beautiful. Don't you just admire your parents. They are such amazing people and I just love them.

This is such a sweet and lovely post :)

Laura Loo said...

shut up?! That is so so beautifully sweet. movie status. Real life love stories are the best. Your momma was in the Philippines and fell in love with a man overseas?! That's so Miss Saigon, except it turned out happy. I love it!

Elaine said...

your mom is just beautiful, M. and how lovely that she still keeps the jewelry box. my mom's most treasured item from my dad is a piece of onion skin paper (super thin paper) where he wrote his proposal to her --- she has it in an album now, kept safe so that it will forever stay intact.

i absolutely love stories like your moms & dads.

kittycat said...

your mom is beautiful!!! and i love everything about this post. it makes me so happy. :)

xo tiffany

ali said...

Micaela, Thank you for sharing that. They become part of your family and it is the hardest thing to let to them go.
I can picture it now, Mooshie and Shiloh playing together. :)

leigh ashley said...

thanks! we had a bichon when i was growing up!! they're funny dogs... what's her name?

yeah, the blowdryer lasted about 5 minutes with sadie. oh well. :)

Every Little Counts said...

awwww, i remember you telling me about this jewelry box! but now to see it in this context, with all of the pieces coming together is so amazing. this might be the sweetest story i have ever heard- and your mom! so beautiful!

Lauryn said...

That sounds like such an adorable love story. It should be made into a movie! :)

Your mom is gorgeous!

Meera said...

your mom is so lucky to have received a telegram like that... lovely post!!

LaLa said...

omg these are amazing!

Small Burst said...

Your mom is beautiful and so is this post. How great that she has kept that letter from your dad all these years.

jozen said...

what beautiful beautiful photos.

your mom is insanely grogeous! i can see why she stole your papa's heart!

crissy said...

you are a sweet heart! thanks for your nice comment :) it made my day.

Gabby said...

This is so wonderful. It reminds me of my grandma - she lived in Colombia and met my grandpa, an Irish serviceman, there. What a treasure.

Elizabeth Denise said...

ohmigosh i could just die. what wonderful things to have from your parents. i wish i had things like that but my grandma's house burned down right after my parents got married and everything was there, including her wedding dress:( you are blessed to have those things:)

Marisa said...

this post just made me smile... how extremely lovely...

Belen said...

That is too cute. I love the similarities of your mom and my mom's old photos. The long black hair especially. :)

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