In January of 1965, my parents were married.
Mom’s friend she met as a freshman at Georgetown Visitation College in 1960, Susan Carozza, was one of her bridesmaids, along with her sister Becky (my namesake), and her cousin Mary Anne.
My dad’s groomsmen consisted of his older brother Jerry and some young men he now describes as “the scrubs I ran around the county drinking with.” Charming.
One of those
drinking buddies guys also happened to be my mom’s cousin Al. During the wedding, Al walked my grandmother down the aisle, as mom’s family entered the church.
Susan led the bridesmaids as they entered the church.
In the wedding party photo, it just so happened that Al stood behind Susan.
It was at my parent’s wedding that Al and Sue met, and began their own love story. They married the year after my parents.
My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015. There was a nice party in January, and we celebrated as a family with a vacation that Summer.
This past weekend, my Uncle Al and Aunt Sue also celebrated 50 years of marriage. Their son decided to create a video, and had asked for family and friends to record video congrats, find pictures, etc., to be sent to him so he could put it together.
I taped a number of people offering anniversary congratulations wishes:
Like, my sister Susan.
My Aunt Mary Anne, who was one of the bridesmaids at my parent’s wedding, also offered well wishes.
And then? Well, there’s these two yahoos.
The couple who unintentionally played matchmakers for the Goughs over 50 years ago had one job.
One fucking job.
And I’m pretty sure they nailed it.
Happy Anniversary Uncle Al and Aunt Sue!