|Daddy and Mom in 1949|
But when Daddy became serious about Mom he decided that they had to save money because he was building them a house. The house didn't take long to build as it was only a four room cottage but it was theirs outright with not a penny owed to anyone for the materials or the land. It was to this little house that Daddy brought Mommy that cool December evening after their wedding. Mom fondly recalls their no nonsense approach to things... that they stopped at the store on the way home from Pikeville and bought a can of Happy Family Baking Soda and some Eight O'Clock Coffee in a familiar red tin. They brought some bacon and some flour and milk so that Mom could make Daddy a breakfast the next day - which she did. And she continued making him breakfast practically every day for the next 49 years until he passed away in 1995 at the age of 75.
|Waterfall Furniture of the 1930s and 40's|
Even the Baking Soda Can and the Eight O'Clock Coffee tin had made their way to our new house and had become fixtures in our lives for as long as I can remember. The Happy Family Baking Soda Tin was my mother's button holder for as long as I could remember. How many times have I seen her reach for it in its place on the chest of drawers and remove the lid and spread out a mish mash of buttons all over the bed for us to pick out the one that would best match the outfit she was making for me. Every time I see that can I think of Mom and her sewing my clothes over the years. Everytime she reached for the can she thought of Daddy and that young girl she once was on that very first day they married.