With my career choice I think it is obvious that I have a soft spot for weddings, but to be honest it's more then that. I have a spot for marriage, for love, for fighters (because lets face it, marriage isn't easy), I have a spot for love stories, and history. We live in a society that seems to have forgot the value of marriage. People are getting married and divorced in 72 days, sometimes hours!!! It makes my heart sad but then people like Elouise and Doug come into my life and my heart becomes so joyful and inspired.
Elouise and Doug Myers are my husbands grandparents. They are in their early 90's, live together in their own home in Carrie Ohio, and just celebrated 72 years of marriage. Yes, that's right S-E-V-E-N-T-Y–T-W-O years!
Every time we go to Carey to visit, it's all I ever want to talk about with Elouise. She has to be sick of my questions by now, but I can't help it, I'm around 2 people whose story is as epic as the Notebook but only it's not a movie, it's real life.
I asked Elouise if I could interview her for the blog. I'm not sure if she even knows what a blog is but she said yes! And here it is…..
What was the cost of your engagement ring? $140
What was the total cost of your wedding? Approximately $60.00 We had punch and cake. No alcohol or dinner. This was during the depression and no one had much money for necessitates much less non-necessitates. Doug’s aunt made the cake, Aunt Babe. It was a small-tiered cake.
How many guests did you have? 150
Who made the invitations? I just used plain invitations and wrote out the information and addressed them.
How many bridesmaids did you have? We had 6 bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid wore a homemade moire taffeta dress. The best man and the groom rented a tux.
What about your wedding dress? My mother made the dress, it was princess style (after seeing photos of Elouise dress, I don't believe princess style then is what it is now). I carried a lace handkerchief made 50 years prior by my grandmother. I still have my dress, its all wrapped up at home.
How did Doug propose? Doug had a Ford and we talked it over in the car and decided to get married. I was 19 at the time so we waited a few months for my 20th birthday. 20 was the legal age to marry at that time. I turned 20 on the 2nd of November.
“Belling” was very popular at this time. All of our friends came to our door one night and made a lot of noise. We invited them in for a meal. Luckily my mother told me ahead time that they were planning this.
I remember another couple who was put into a wheelbarrow and taken to Monkey island just outside of the Columbus Zoo. They were left there and had to figure out a way to get home.
The wedding: We got married at Glenwood Methodist church and the reception was at our house.
After the wedding: We were married on November 29th 1941. 8 days later Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7th. Thus the US entered the Second World War and Doug immediately went into the army. He was gone for 3 months before I saw him again. The third time he left he was gone for a year and a half. We would communicate by letters.
Elouise and Doug's committment to each other inspires me on so many levels. Talking to my mother-in-law, she describes their love as something so special. She says as long as she can remember they have been extremely protective of each other. I feel so blessed to have heard their story and I can't wait to one day share it with my kids.