This world was quite different in 1969. Average cost of a new home was $15,550 and average income was $8,550. Minimum wage was $1.30 an hour. The price of gold averaged $41.10 per troy ounce. We had no such thing as Internet, nor one cell phone.
It was at the end of that relatively chaotic year (Hong Kong Flu pandemic, Moon landings, the first artificial heart transplant, the Manson family murders, Woodstock, Hurricane Camille, a military draft being reinstated for the first time since World War II, and much more) that December introduced the most life-altering difference for two young kids – my Beloved and myself. We declared our wedding vows to each other before God and an assembled group of family and friends.
Imagine what those times were like! Richard Nixon was sworn in as our 37th US President. An oil spill off the coast of California inspired a Wisconsin politician to organize the first Earth Day which was launched the following year. The Concorde (based in France) conducted its first test flight. President Eisenhower died. The Vietnam War was raging.
Were we crazy? Plighting our troth in such dire, mixed-up times?!
Yet somehow, the two of us decided we were ready to begin our lives together. In retrospect, it was never a difficult decision. God has given us a wonderful life and so many blessings! We thank Him everyday for His love and mercy. The sonnet below presents my brief reflections. Though another 54 years are unlikely, each day we’re privileged to share is a precious gift.