It was instant, eternal love through a mirror.
Special effects of photo above generated by tuxpi.com
The young man immediately knew when he saw the beautiful young girl in the reflection of the mirror, that she would be his wife.
Joined up photos of Lucia and Emidio in 1955, with special effects from tuxpi.com
Her heart skipped a beat when she saw the handsome face in the mirror in front of her.
In one timeless second, their love was sealed.
It was 1955, in Abruzzo Italy.
Within 5 days my father had proposed and then, he left her.
A few months later, my father married my mother.
He was in England, working on the farm on his special day.
My mother was in Italy.
She wore a beautiful wedding outfit.
A wedding ceremony was held in her village with family and friends.
My uncle stood in as a proxy for my father.
As a child I always wondered why my mother had a picture with everyone but my father on her wedding day on September 1st.
She joined my father in England on September 17th 1955.
They have lived in England ever since.
They always celebrate 17th September as their true anniversary.
Unchained Melody, this version sung by the Righteous Brothers, was their song in 1955.
"Come Prima" is a classic Italian love song. This English version here is sung by the famous American/Italian singer Mario Lanza. I would like to dedicate "Come Prima" to my parents, who I hope will read my blog post today and "feel like the first time" they met, 55 years ago.
Events in 1955
You Tube Time Machine (YTTM) is a cool site which shows you a selection of videos of what was happening in any given year that you choose. Click on the link to find out what was happening in 1955.
I have created a Wordle which contains a romantic quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Can you unjumble the words? You can find the answer to this quote at the bottom of the post.
A final message to my amazing parents. Have a wonderful celebration! I will be thinking of you from here in Abruzzo.
"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking in the same direction."