Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Seis de Mayo

So Cinco de Mayo is a very important date to our neighbors to the south, but to me a much more important date is Seis de Mayo.
It was on that date 37 years ago (okay, 38!) in Columbus, Ohio that we met. Since then, we've been together pretty much ever since.
The following picture isn't exactly contemporaneous to that date, but it's closer than anything else I could find after searching for four hours (I have the perfect pictures of us, somewhere, but I put them away in a safe place, a very safe place. They remain very safe!)
The above picture was taken in Rota, Spain in the early 70s. In response to Bonnie's question, this is at the terminal in Rota, picture taken by our friend, Marcelle. I was returning from an 83-day deployment to the Persian Gulf aboard USS Lasalle. We are looking at our sweet little girl, Bonnie! (Here's a picture of her in downtown Rota at about the same time.)

Here's a shot of USS Lasalle, cruising in the Persian Gulf.

Of course, even before Kathy and I met, Seis de Mayo was an important date to me. It is the birthday of my brother, shown here in one of the only periods of my life when I wore a hat (the other being my military service, although we called it a cover)!
Happy birthday, John!

7 comments:

Bonnie said...

love that photo of you and mom. don't think i've seen it before. what is it you are doing ?

that one of you and uncle johnny is a favorite of mine !

i did not know that you met on cinco de mayo ! learn something new every day ...

hope you find your very very safe place soon so you can post the perfect pictures later !!

Kath said...

Yes indeedy, 38 years and counting! What a fun ride it's been....you up for more?! Hey, wait....you said 37...let me do the math backwards from when the kids were born, as usual,here's the thinking path....'73,'75,'77,'81....married one year before kids (that would be '72)....met 10 months before that....yep, we met in 1971! 2009 minus 1971....Don't know what I'll ever do if I forget the kids' birthdays litany!!! Love you!

Sabba and Nanny said...

I guess I just can't believe it's really 2009 already! I'm definitely up for more!

in a moment i'm alive again said...

my favorite day is 5/4...

it is Star Wars Day.

May the Fourth be with you...

Sabba and Nanny said...

A nice play on words. Well done.

Ellie said...

I love it.

I was just commenting to Ryan today that I love history... much to my surprise. But, it has just always been encouraged to recount our own history... much like hobbits.

Vickie Atencio said...

Love these pictures, especially of Kathy and Jim (such a handsome couple), but also Jim and little brother!