Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is a wedding. This photo of my mother in 1948 looks very much like a wedding procession. However, it is far from it.
Momma was the Maid of Honor in the May Court at the 14th annual May Day Festival at Shenandoah College. A detailed account of this college tradition was the subject of an earlier post which you can read HERE.
But that day held another memory for my mother beyond the festivities culminating in the crowning of the Queen of the May. It was a marriage proposal.
Momma’s handsome escort was a student at Shenandoah College, and quite popular, too. I imagine most participants in such pageantry chit-chat about the weather, about the reception food, about how everyone looks in their evening apparel. But this guy had other things on his mind. He proposed.
The proposal went something like this: “Will you marry me? Think about it, but be quick with your answer. If you say no, I’m going back home to Connecticut and ask this other girl.”
After those heart-felt words, Momma turned him down. It’s hard to believe, I know.
I propose you visit Sepia Saturday for more weddings and celebrations.