Sunday, 5 August 2012

Storytelling Sunday Two: The Words The Pictures

Hello! Hello! Welcome to Storytelling Sunday. Your first-Sunday-of-the-Month chance to share your story. Any story at all. It doesn't have to be a big one. It doesn't have to be a clever one. It can be a very small one indeed. We'd still love to hear it. Or see it! If you find it more fun to tell your story with pictures, please, let's have a look: short, long, a few sentences, or many more? I'll take my stories anyway you care to offer them!

I have a picture for you today


and the story comes not so much from the photo itself, but from what I remember when I look at it. The back story I guess you could call it...

The Ring's The Thing

It's our wedding anniversary this month and this photo was taken almost exactly a year before we got married. I'm just turned twenty one. I'm on a ferry, taking a day trip to Ayr (with what looks like a sackful of sandwiches), and my boyfriend has just offered to take my photo. Funny, I'm pretty sure I took one of him too, but I can't find it now. Maybe I pinned it up somewhere, above my desk, to look at as I wrote my history essays..

..It was a good day. The sun shone, the ham sandwiches stayed put despite the rough sea; and I bought a postcard with puffins on. Best of all, though, was our secret. No one else knew. Back at home in my boyfriend's room, safely tucked away where it couldn't be found , was my engagement ring. We had bought it together a few days before with the proceeds from his summer job and I'd been wearing it in private. Only in private: it wasn't to go public until we could get home to tell my Mum, so you won't see it in the picture even if you peer very closely. I look so ridiculously young. And that's because I was. It is, after all, a very long time ago. Twenty five years. It sounds like a lifetime. But it doesn't feel like one.

And that's my story for today. If you have one to share we'd love to hear from you! A photo and a few words (or maybe the few words without the photo?) or something a bit longer. I love them all! Create your  Storytelling Sunday post with an introduction (so your readers know what's going on) and a link back here and then come on over. The linky stays open all week, so if your story isn't ready for Sunday - no worries! And if you add a link - then, please, do say hello to some other storytellers. We can't tell stories on our own, we need an audience. So.. ready, steady, story..



41 comments:

Amy said...

I sat down here to procrastinate over the ironing and what should pop up ... a lovely story.
Congratulations to you both ... now, back to that ironing!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Such a lovely story Sian. Paul and I were married when I was 23 - which seems impossibly young today, but seemed just right at the time.
I followed your summer love theme as well for my story.
Rinda

Becky said...

A lovely story Sian - Hugh and I married when I was 20! So young! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to to celebrate your silver wedding anniversary soon!

Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations!

Oh I agree - you were so young. It has been a continual shock to both Wookie and me that our children are now older than we were when we met, moved in together and are heading up to when we were wed. Definitely a lifetime ago :)

Do like the idea that his photo was lost because it was pinned up somewhere for you to gaze at. I know I've lost photos of Wookie that way. Occasionally hope I'll find a negative strip dating from wayyy back then.

Missus Wookie said...

Congratulations!

Oh I agree - you were so young. It has been a continual shock to both Wookie and me that our children are now older than we were when we met, moved in together and are heading up to when we were wed. Definitely a lifetime ago :)

Do like the idea that his photo was lost because it was pinned up somewhere for you to gaze at. I know I've lost photos of Wookie that way. Occasionally hope I'll find a negative strip dating from wayyy back then.

Ruth said...

The story behind the photos are the best kind! Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary!

furrypig said...

I find it so hard to think that time passes by much quicker than it feels it should have!! I am posting now as I am off to see my Summer Love again today xxx

Alison said...

Happy Anniversary to you both...does that make it your Silver Wedding Anniversary-or will that be next year? Isn't it funny how these days we think think that people getting married at 21 are very young, and yet it was very much the norm for us?
Alison xx

Alana said...

Awww, lovely memories:) I got married at 20!!! It was young but here we are 24 years later, still together. I think it depends on your characters on weather a marriage works or not.Congrats on your anniversary btw.

Abi said...

oh, that is so romantic! How lovely that you kept it a secret. Amazing the stories one picture holds isn't it! Happy anniversary too. xx

heart.hearth.home. said...

You haven't changed a bit, maybe older, wiser but still young at heart. Happy Anniversary to you both.

Jennie Hart said...

Great story, you look so happy and young and what a great story behind it.

debs14 said...

Isn't it great how a photo can spark so many memories?
I was 21 when I got engaged too - doesn't that seem young now? You certainly look a happy 'soon to be officially engaged' girl!

JO SOWERBY said...

as i have never been engaged or married i have no idea how it feels to have a HUGE secret engagement, however i can imagine being madly in love. i still hope for the ring by the way. will be joining the story telling later once i find my pics,
jo xxxx

Louise said...

awww how lovely and romantic Sian xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Great story, and I abree, ou do look so young...I married at the same age and when I look at kids of that age now getting married I really think they're too young!

I cam from Kirsty A's blog, she needs to be linked and I cant do it becuase Im using Safari...would you mind?
handmadebykirsty.blogspot.co.uk

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Simply lovely Sian. You look like a girl with a very special secret xx
I'll be joining in, but it will be an evening post I think. They seem to have become a habit at the moment!

Clair said...

Every time that you tell a story, I feel as though I know you a little bit better. It's strange to realise that we've never met!

I've finally found the courage to join in - and have posted my own story this morning. So, hopefully, you can get to know me a little better too - in all my eccentricities! x

Jimjams said...

Wonderful story - and congrats on reaching 24 years ... I hope your 25th year of togetherness will be blissful!

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated 39 years; how did that happen so quickly???

scrappyjacky said...

A lovely memory,Sian....Happy Anniversary to you both.

Carmen said...

Such a lovely story and you look so much younger, barely older than my Devon in that photo. Scary thought!

I often wish I had met Craig when I was younger but then I also wonder if I had to sort through the dregs to appreciate him as much as I do now ;)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wonderful story! I found a photo from the year before DH & I got engaged and I also thought "We were so young then!" and yet we felt so old & mature..

Barbara Eads said...

That photo brings back a great memory for you. There's nothing better than young love and the secrets that just you two share. I do have one question. What's a puffin?

Julie Kirk said...

Happy Anniversary. You look very happy in that photo together with your secret plans and your Santa sack. It's nice when you can think back and remember clearly the 'back story' to photos.

:-)

Mel said...

At least you didn't have facebook to worry about - cos nowadays it ain't real if it ain't on facebook!

Ginger said...

Love your story today Sian! That photo is wonderful, you look so happy! My story today involves and anniversary as well :)

Happy Anniversary!

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Looking at the photo, it seems obvious that you have a happy little secret! Such a sweet story to go along with this adorable picture. :o)

Gem's Crafts said...

What a lovely story to go with your photograph, and Happy Anniversary to you both! I hope you're doing something suitably lovely to celebrate?

alexa said...

Wishing you and the Accountant a Happy Anniversary, Sian! You don't seem to have aged much at all :). I'm guessing Mum approved ...

Lisa-Jane said...

What a lovely secret to have! Happy Anniversary to you both! I forgot to link up earlier, I am officially a dufus.

Mitra Pratt said...

I bet you were just DYING to tell the world too!

Wanda said...

Wonderful story, Sian, and beautifully told.

I had to chuckle at your "impossibly young" phrase. You are so right, but these days I also find myself wondering how I can be so "impossibly old" when it seems just yesterday that I was in a place similar to yours in this months story.

Jo said...

What a lovely story and lovely memories. It's made me want to go off on a day trip of my own somewhere with a ton of sandwiches :)

Miriam said...

Hello Sian, I loved your story, so romantic! It was great to be back with you all this month, looking forward to reading them all tomorrow. I have been away for a few days, my lovely husband linked my story for me! Sending you a bit of sunshine Sian.

furrypig said...

I have really enjoyed reading and commenting on over 40 blogs this month so many amazing stories thanks so much for organising and hosting yet again xxx

Melissa said...

What a lovely memory behind this photo! Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary - a wonderful accomplishment!

Yesterday was crazy busy so I'm finally off to check out the other stories.

Cheri said...

Just turned 21? You look about 12! Ok, maybe 14... Great story!

Chipper said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!! I love the stories behind photos. I often wonder about the stories behind those older photos that no one in the family knows anything about other than who the people are.

I don't know how you managed to keep the secret, I don't think I could have!

Gail said...

What a lovely story Sian. Congratulations

Jennifer Grace said...

Happy Anniversary! I love how happy you look in the photo. It's sweet to think of you keeping your engagement secret. How long was it until you told your mum? I bet you were bursting by then!

Thanks for linking me up to Sunday Storytelling. I'm going to spend some time tomorrow enjoying some other people's stories. x

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