Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pictures From My Past

One of the advantages of moving (other than the chance to clear out a lot of clutter) is the possibility of finding things that you thought you were long gone - or better yet - things that you had completely forgotten existed to begin with! Such was the case while clearing out a back room at my old house and coming across a couple of photo albums whose existence had long since been erased from my memory banks. Funny thing is, what with one of them being an album of pictures from my wedding in 1991, you would think that I would have remembered it!

How those albums came to be in an unused, blocked off portion of the house (a room off of the back mud-room that my former landlord had always promised to turn into a second bathroom/laundry room but never did) is beyond me. I thought that the albums had gone with my ex-husband when he moved out in 2001 or had just been tossed and I honestly hadn't given a thought to them in years and years so it was quite a surprise to find them.

After getting them back to the new place and looking through them a bit, I thought it might be fun to scan a few of the pictures and post them here to show you what I looked like almost 18 years ago when life seemed a lot simpler than it is now. Obviously, the years have not been good to me and it's rather dismaying to see how much I've changed over the years but I guess that's all part of the progression of time, isn't it? Honestly, though, I'm still trying to figure out where all those years went!

Me at the mirror in the morning

I'm afraid that the quality of these pictures is none too good being that they were sitting rather unprotected out in that back room (they all need to be taken out of their current album, cleaned up, and put in a new one) plus they lose a bit in the scanning process but hopefully they'll pass muster here. All of the wedding pictures were taken by Judy, my former roommate from California, who flew out for the occasion but whom I have lost touch with.

This first picture was taken on the morning of August 17th, 1991 at my grandmother's old house where Mike and I were living before I remarried. The mirror that I'm looking in was hers and I'm not sure if I was more worried about the necklace I was wearing or the butterflies that were gathering in my stomach but I guess you could say that I look rather contemplative. Or is that scared? getting in the limo

In this next shot I'm getting into the limo that had come to pick up myself and my bridesmaids to take us from my home in Canterbury to the church at the Naval Base in Groton. My ex-husband was a Navy man and we got married in the Chapel of the Sea (though it was nowhere near the sea!). Due to the massive amount of butterflies churning in my stomach that had increased exponentially since I was looking in the mirror, I told the limo driver to go to either New York or Boston instead of the chapel but he obviously thought I was joking and continued on to Groton! He had probably dealt with a lot of brides with a case of the nerves and I had a major case!

Once I got through the wedding service itself (I distinctly remember wondering if it would be really bad if I went and sat on the steps in front of the vestibule for awhile as I was starting to feel really sick at one point), I seemed to finally relax a little - as this next picture which was taken after the service shows ...

Me in the limo

Of course, what you don't see here is the champagne glass that was next to me on the roof of the limo! I don't think, though, that it was the champagne that had caused me to finally relax - it was just knowing that the stress of the whole wedding was over. When I got married the first time, it was in the reception area of a dentist's office in New Jersey (the guy was a Justice of the Peace) so there was no pomp and circumstance or ceremony but the second time I got married, I wanted to do it right - hence the white dress, et al. The dentist's office was much easier!

In looking at these pictures now, the main thing I keep thinking is - "wow, my hair looked kind of nice!" I showed a few of them to one of my co-workers when she was over on Tuesday helping paint Amanda's room and she told me what a really nice smile I had (considering she said "had", I've got to take it that means I don't smile all that much now which is not a good thing).

Getting back to my hair, this last picture was taken in the White Mountains of New Hampshire while we were on our honeymoon.Me in NH Feel free to tell me how very 90's my hair was as it's true but at least I had hair that wasn't flat and impossible to do anything with like it seems to have become 'lo these many years later! Just goes to show what ten years of marriage, giving birth to two more children, and going through a divorce will do to a person ... ah, if I only knew then what I know now ...

I hope you enjoyed this brief stroll down Memory Lane with me. Perhaps I'll get the chance to scan a few more pictures to share with you sometime in the future; I'm sure there is a lot more "undiscovered" stuff hiding in the boxes piled up around here - finding it can be one of the fun parts of moving!

26 comments:

  1. I always love looking at my parents wedding pictures, and I loved looking at yours!

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  2. Don't worry about "if I only knew", you would not want to undo it and not have you other 2 children, of that I am certain. So it was meant to be.

    By the way, pink is a really great color for you!

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  3. Thanks for sharing some great photos, Linda! The one of you looking into the mirror is by far the best one I've ever seen of a bride - well excepting "Mrs. Bulldog" of course, but that's to be expected, right? ;-) Anyway, "willthink4wine" is right: you should not regret going to the alter a second time, since two beautiful children came of that union!

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  4. Linda, you really haven't changed that much... HONEST!

    I love the one of you by the limo...So wonderful to see you smile.

    Thanks for sharing the memories.

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  5. These are wonderful, Linda. I'm glad you shared. I'm ready for more :o) I think I may check out my old stuff from Czech and scan some pics as well.
    p.s.: You were my age at those pics...

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  6. You got to know I like old memories

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  7. what pictures? honest i can't see any at all. i'll come back after canasta and look again.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxo

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  8. And also remember... it's not only who you are outside but also who you are inside that counts... and inside you are SUPER!!! I tell myself that alot to get over this aging thing. I showed my hubby pictures of me 20 yrs ago and he still doesn't believe it's me... sigh.

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  9. Your were most certainly a beautiful and happy bride. And I just love your 90's hairdo...makes me yearn for those days all over again.

    Thanks for sharing the memories.

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  10. I love the shot of you in the mirror. Lovely.

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  11. I gave my wedding album to my daughter...and came across it when I helped her move last month.

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  12. What a wonderful post Linda. You were a lovely bride. Yep, you were.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

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  13. How wonderful of you to share that day in your life. Thank you. Ditto on pink being a great color for you, and do try to break out that smile a little more often.

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  14. Linda you haven't aged at all and I say that in all honesty m'dear. :)

    Your hair was a beautiful colour on your wedding day, it really suits you. If your hair is flat now have you thought about having a root perm to lift it?

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  15. A very interesting stroll!

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  16. A good trip down memory lane, Linda.

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  17. it must be the new update to firefox because i still can't see them! drat.

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  18. Your smile is honest happiness, being infectious. You look happy with a hope for the future. It doesn't matter whether or not it all worked out, on this day - the memories are all positive and happy. The picture does speak its thousand words...very loudly!

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  19. Your hair did look great. Do like I did, get a perm. It was the best thing for my hair. Normally its too thin and lifeless.

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  20. I think that your smile is still beautiful, Linda my dear!

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  21. I want to go back in time to before my first husband.. I wasn't fat then.. Amazing what the stress in our life can do to our smile.

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  22. I only have one wedding photo. My first marriage was in Las Vegas - I was 17. We had one picture of us taken in front of the church and I have no idea whatsoever what happened to it.
    My current marriage was in Reno and we got one photo of us in the chapel.
    I wore suits both times...
    Your pictures are really very good!!!
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  23. ain't you a cutie!!

    but frankly dearie, I've changed more in 10 years than you have in 18!!! truly!!

    and YES, I do sleep, occasionally.

    On my days off I catch about 3-4 hours in the afternoon so that my schedule doesn't get totally switched...then I catch another 3-4 hours in the wee hours of the morning so's I can snuggle with the old fart. Now, between 11ish when said old fart goes to bed and 3AM when I go join him I have 4 blissful quiet and unhindered hours in which to deplete the google reader and work on the to do list! It's actually a very fulfilling schedule and I enjoy working nights...it's just that there are too many times I can't go and do things with the kids during the afternoons. This arrangement is really temporary...just till we can afford another car then I'll go to days. Which is why I'm trying to get all my TO DOs TO DONE ASAP!! Once I switch to days I'll lose all this time to sew!!

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  24. I think the first photo you posted is very lovely! It really seems like a fragment of the old times. It's very classic and there's just something really touching about it! Or maybe that's just me as I love vintage stuff. And wow, you married in 1991, the year I was born! :) Yeah, I don't know what's the important connection between the two either LOL.

    I have to agree with your co-worker, that is a nice smile you're got right there. You really should smile often even in the midst of chaotic segments in our lives! I'm sure you already know that the face uses more muscles when frowning and less muscles if the person is smiling!

    It's fun having to find some old photos and compare and see some people you've never seen in such a long time! I'm sure you want to see the photos someday when you're really old. Wait, I hope that doesn't sound rude LOL.

    Much Love,

    P.S., Enjoyed your blog again!

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