When Love Was Young


Forty-three years ago today I married Gary Morice, my childhood sweetheart, my soulmate, the man of my dreams.

On Friday evening, Nov 10, 1972, at 7:30 pm, in front of family and friends, I walked down the aisle to join this man that I loved with all my heart, and when he died in December of 2009 we had been happily married for over thirty-seven years.

Thinking back, the only thing I would change about our time together would be to have more of it, more days to say, “See you tonight, honey,” before heading to work, more nights to whisper, “I love you,” before drifting off to sleep, more years to grow old and wrinkled and gray together.

We didn’t get that, and I miss him every day. And every day I remember.

So this day, our anniversary, I thought I’d share a few pictures of us from our early years together as a young couple. And wow – were we ever young! But we were in love and we were determined to be together and in 1972, at least in 1972 in New Brunswick, Canada, wanting to be together meant getting married.

It worked out for us.

Christmas Prom 1969
Christmas Prom 1969

 

Christmas Prom 1970
Christmas Prom 1970. My, we looked serious.

 

High School Graduation, 1971

 

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We shared more than one kiss inside this bridge as teenagers.

 

Dec 28, 1971. The night we became engaged.
Dec 28, 1971 – the night we became engaged.

 

Mr. and Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs.

 

Nov 10, 1972
Newly Married. Nov 10, 1972

 

One of many, many kisses!
One of many, many kisses!

 

At a bank staff party probably late 1973 or early 1974
At a bank staff party probably late 1973 or early 1974

 

Saint John, NB, probably 1975
1975. I think this was us leaving for our trip to England and Scotland.

 

Anniversary celebration - not sure which year, but an early one.
Anniversary celebration – not sure which year, but an early one.

 

This would be about 1976 in Port Hawkesbury, NS
This would be about 1976 in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia. We were ‘stylin’!

 

Royal Bank Spring Ball, Halifax, NS 1977
Royal Bank Spring Ball, Halifax, NS 1977. I made my dress – what was I thinking?

 

Likely 19776 or 77
Likely 1976 or 77

 

Visiting the Bahamas 1980
Visiting the Bahamas 1980

 

Visiting Sackville Waterfowl Park
Visiting Sackville Waterfowl Park

 

At RBC's Board of Directors Gala , Toronto ON, 1990
At RBC’s Board of Directors Gala , Toronto ON, 1990

 

Gary was awarded an RBC cruise. 1991
Gary was awarded an RBC cruise. 1991

As I was going through photos last evening to choose a few for today’s post, I realized again how fortunate I was to have had a good man as a partner, and a good marriage to remember now when memories are what I have left.

I could also have chosen pictures of us as a family – with our two children we raised together, and of our family adventures and misadventures, but for today I decided, in the interests of space, to limit the photos to just a few of us as a couple, because no matter what else we were in the world – mother and father, daughter and son, brother and sister, friend – we were a couple, united together for as long a time as we had.

Good memories. Happy Anniversary, honey. See you tonight in my dreams.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember, don’t be a stranger.

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16 thoughts on “When Love Was Young

  1. You were fortunate indeed in finding a soul mate for your partner. I haven’t forgotten your kindness and friendship to me when I needed a friend. Thank you.

  2. A very lovely couple indeed. I so remember those early years and remember you two as a great couple. My heart is very saddened for you today. sometime I think how wonderful it would be if the four of us could be together just one day ,so we could get reacquainted and you guys get to know Gayle. I’m sure we would have some laughs. Right now I have so mush on my mind,but always have some to think of you. Many, many HUGS.

    1. Thank you, Linda, for your comment. We always knew that we were meant to be together – I just wish we had been granted the chance to truly grow old with each other. But I do cherish the time we had.

  3. Been a long time since my heart was taken in two totally different directions in such a short time. Reading this and looking at the pictures and remembering how much I always admired you two and the love and respect you had for one another…filled me with a sudden sadness I didn’t expect and a flood of warm and happy emotions as well. One can only dream of a love such as this. Happy anniversary. Xo

    1. Thank you, Tonia. I do want people to realize that life is shorter than we think and in an instant we can lose the ones we love. Somehow when that happens the small things in life become even smaller and so unimportant and what matters is how we treated the people who have gone. Love you.

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