Today Daniel and I have been married for 38 years. We are spending most of the day together to celebrate. I was 20 years old and Daniel had just turned 23 years old when we got married. I look back at our wedding pictures and we both looked so very young. It was a small church wedding. I didn't know probably half of the people there. They were people that Daniel grew up going to church with his whole life. Daniel's mother and oldest brother were there. My mom and dad, my paternal grandmother and paternal great-aunt was there. That was the extent of our family who attended.
It rained that afternoon and the electricity went off for a few hours before the wedding. It came on as we were in route to the church. Daniel's oldest brother used my camera and took pictures of the wedding for us. We were college students without a lot of money. A week after we got married, we went back to college for our Senior year.
Our Senior year, Daniel and I both had Student Employment jobs to help with our college expenses. Then we bought a used station wagon from one of Daniel's neighbors from his hometown. Daniel went to school from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and then went to work at a plywood mill in the college town that we lived in from about 3:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week. He would get home around 11:30 p.m. and do whatever homework he had for the next school day. Daniel has always been a hard worker.
We got married on August 25, 1972 and Daniel graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana on August 3, 1973 a day before his 24th birthday.
We have had good years and we have had hard years with struggles with finances and struggles with my incest issues, especially when I first started dealing with my incest issues in the early 1990's. Through all of those struggles, our love for each other and later for our children has continued to grow. Why are we still together after all of these years? Because we are also best friends to each other.