Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

One year short of three decades May 15, 2011

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ON THIS DATE 29 years ago, I married my sweetheart.

And, yes, May 15, 1982, was also opening weekend of fishing. And, yes, several guests did not attend because they chose to go fishing. Others were in the field.

Here our wedding guests are pelting us with rice as we exit St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vesta. (For those of you unfamiliar with Vesta, pull out your Minnesota map, focus on the southwestern corner of the state, zero in on State Highway 19 and you’ll find this small town between Redwood Falls and Marshall.)

In this church congregation (different building) where I was baptized and confirmed, Randy and I exchanged our wedding vows. (My glasses really were that gigantic and we really did look that young and skinny.)

During the reception at the community hall, we were whisked away for awhile to the municipal liquor store across the street. Then, later, after supper, we danced the night away with family and friends.

Today we celebrated by shopping at a home improvement store. Pretty pathetic, huh?

Not too worry, we’re also planning to dine out. And even if we weren’t, the most important part of every anniversary for the past two decades and nine years has been that I am with my husband.

I have one question, though: How did nearly 30 years pass so quickly?

© Text Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Photo by Williams Studio of RedwoodFalls


10 Responses to “One year short of three decades”

  1. Terry A. Says:

    Happy anniversary!

  2. Congratulations and I hope you had a very happy day today and if you were with your husband and best friend I am sure you did!! We were already 20 years into our married life when you got married and I always wonder the same thing – where did all those years go so fast?? When we were first married and we would go to some relatives 40 or 50 year celebration – those were old people – now we are the old people (not you two – you have a long ways to go so enjoy them because they tend to melt away really fast when you are busy living).

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks so much for the anniversary wishes, Terry and Harriet. We had a wonderful day.

      I know what you mean by thinking, once, that the married couples were “old” when you attended 40 and 50-year celebrations. I no longer think that way.

  3. Bernie Says:

    What a cute picture. Look how happy you two are. It sounds like your wedding day was fun. I must admit I have to laugh that you got married on Fishing Opener. Did that make it easy for hubby to remember your anniversary?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      He’s good about remembering our anniversary. And he’s not a fisherman.

      We were happy and still are.

      And, yes, our wedding day was fun.

  4. dorothy Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Has it been that long. I am trying to pick out family on the photo. Afraid everyone looks different now. So much happens in 29 years. I certainly do remember most of our anniv. Not that we really celebrate much. Maybe go out for dinner. Many happy more!!!!

  5. Lanae Says:

    I loved the picture!! Saw a young and skinny me on the right side in my green bridesmaid dress. Best of all was Grandma Ida and Uncle Mike in the back ground, I sure miss them. Thanks for sharing you made me smile. You still look young and skinny. So does Randy. Maybe we need another wedding dance at the hall!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Like you, I immediately noticed Grandma and Uncle Mike in the photo and, like you, miss them a lot.

      I agree that another wedding reception and dance at the Vesta Hall would be a fun time. Those small-town celebrations with family are the best.

  6. Gordon Says:

    Congratulations to you both from Nancy an me! May the next 29 be even better. They will, of course, seem to pass even faster.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Gordon and Nancy. Why does time have a way of going faster the older we get?

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