Today Terry and I were married 47 years ago!
Terry was working at Holly Sugar at the time. He was on the day shift with a long lay-over before he started grave yard; he was also working at Coors Elevator on the opposite shift with only 8 hours in-between to sleep.
I was going to college in Grand Junction and it was the end of the semester. We decided that now was the best time to get married.
What a thing to do to my parents and Terry’s parents…four days before Christmas! Geez, I think of that now a think what a rat-race we must have made for them.
After the wedding we headed to Alamosa, Colorado where Coors had another plant/elevator and a job opening. Terry was seriously thinking of applying for the job. We thought first we had better see what the country looked like, the housing market, and winter’s over there.
IT WAS COLD! Terribly cold. Icicles hung from the roof to the ground, snow was as deep as my knees.
Back home we decided that Delta was home and we would take our chances here.
As time moved on we purchased his grandparents’ farm from the estate, gradually acquired farming equipment and gradually adding four children to our family.
Our chances have turned out good—-Terry worked for Delta Montrose Electric Association for 37 years and farmed. I retired from the Delta- Montrose Technical College and helped him with the farm.
Here we are last spring when Terry turned 70. Much the same and then not at all. I’m sure the grandchildren look at us and think OLD, and maybe our children do also. Who knows. I just remember watching my parents age thinking every year how lucky I was to have them. I lost my Dad at 71 and Momma passed at 70 …they were just months apart in leaving us.
Now I think how lucky Terry and I are to be healthy and actively still farming; still doing all those things we have always done.
47 years! A true gift in time!
Your friends on a Western Colorado Farm
Terry and Linda