This is a moment captured long ago…..of youth…….. filled with hope and anticipation.

I wish I’d been there when Mom was getting ready for her prom that night in 1960. I’m sure she spent hours getting her hair just right, taking extra time on her make up, and getting dressed in her beautiful gown and fancy gloves. She’s lovely.

I wonder if her sisters helped her get ready. What did Grandpa and Grandma Sharrott think of their youngest daughter going to prom with that boy?

I wish I could have watched as Dad walked up to the door, knocked and nervously waited until someone opened it. Look at him! His excitement is evident by the big grin on his face. His hair looks newly trimmed and I’m sure he took his time getting his tie straight.

Did his older brothers give him advice? Who helped him pick out Mom’s corsage? Was he brave enough to pin it on her gown or did someone else?

Did they go out to eat before prom? If so, where? How did he ask her to prom?

I know Mom loved to dance. Did Dad dance with her all night? What was her favorite song of the night? What was the name of the perfume she wore? Did he forget to put on cologne? What was her curfew? His curfew?

I had a thousand chances to ask those questions.

Now I have to wonder.


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  1. Creatopath on March 23, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    That’s a lovely photo. Your dad does look very excited. Your story made me think about all the questions I should ask my parents while I still can.

    • mariegriffith on March 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you. Yes ask them. My mom passed in January and Dad last June. I wish I had asked them more questions.

  2. Baja Moto Quest! on March 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    The lesson is not to leave to many questions unanswered. Very insightful post. Time very often out runs our questions passing the answers on to the next runner….

    • mariegriffith on March 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you. Yes time does run out. Mom loved to reminisce and was more than happy to share her memories. I now wish I had asked many more questions.

  3. Oh, the Places We See on February 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Your post reminds me of many unanswered questions I have about my own parents!

    • mariegriffith on February 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      My mom especially loved to talk about her younger years. I listened but I sure wish I had asked her more questions.

  4. snowsomewhere on February 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Lovely photo and words. Sad to hear they passed. They do look so happy and beautiful

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  6. Prashant Thomas on November 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    wow… that’s a cool picture to have

    • mariegriffith on November 9, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you. It’s one of my favorite pictures of my parents before they were married.

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