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Carol Perkins: The Significance of June

June is a time of love, the essence for beings, as they look for it, long for it, and search to find it and is the subject of this keepsake Carol Perkins column, with vignettes from high school long, to a long, successful courtship, and a meeting with a twice married couple on a cruise trip. Click on the headline for complete, unforgettable Carol Perkins column - CM
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By Carol Perkins

June is at its close and the significance of this month, which is, of course, the month of weddings cannot be ignored. June was once the only time a bride would consider having her wedding. Most girls wanted to be June brides.


The sweetest moment at a Metcalfe County High School prom

Not long ago at a high school prom, Susan Chambers and I (Susan & Carol-Unscripted on 99.1 the Hoss) interviewed students as they walked the red carpet Hollywood style. Out of the blue, a young man turned away from the microphone and walked over to his mom who was standing outside the roped off area but close enough to touch her son and took the small box she was holding. I knew what was going to happen next.

He dropped to one knee and made the sweetest proposal to his girlfriend. My first reaction was, "Oh, my goodness. They are far too young." By today's standards, they probably are, but then I thought of all the couples I know that fell in love in high school, married right out of school or later, and have been together since then. It is possible to know love when at eighteen.

The sweetest moment at a Metcalfe County High School prom

Guy and I started dating as seniors. He went off to the Navy straight out of high school and I went off to EKU. For four years we dated when he came home and wrote letters. Never any doubt we would marry, we became engaged by the time I was a junior and married about a year later. That was forty-six years ago.

Many of my classmates married their high school sweethearts and are still together, too. That was a different time, some might say, but young love knows no time and have no concept of hardships ahead. Those hardships worry parents but each young couple deserves to face their own.

Is marrying young the ideal thing to do? Who knows? Sometimes young people are caught up in the romantic notion of a wedding, the gifts, the little house with a green tin roof, and Sunday dinners at Mama's. When the glitz goes out the window, sometimes one of the two goes with it but that has little to do with age. That can happen to couples no matter what age they marry, no matter how lavish the wedding or how small and simple. Age has very little to do with the success of the end of a marriage.

On a cruise, a happily twice married couplem to each other

Guy and I recently took a cruise and our dinner partners were a lovely couple from Florida. I asked how long they had been together (so many live together so I was trying to be politically correct). He looked at her and smiled and then said, "We were married during my twenty years in the Navy and then when I got out, we divorced."

"Too much time together. Too many socks on the floor," she laughed. "Then I found myself calling about the lawn mower or how to fix this or that and then we started getting back together, so we've been married again now for five years."

Guy later said, "I don't think I would remarry someone if I divorced her."

"You would if you discovered you had rather live with her faults than without her." Sometimes I'm so wise I shock myself!

Love is the essence for beings, as they look for it, long for it, and search to find it.

According to Lionel Richie, love is a subject that will always sell songs. It is the essence of all beings as they look for it, long for it, and search to find it. As with this couple, they found it, misplaced it, and found it again. Some find love early in life while others may not fall in love until later. I read about a couple that were engaged for sixty-five years and married at the age of 82.

The search for love is an nature instinct, and if a young man and woman find it during their high school days who is to say it is not going to last. Certainly not I. - CAROL PERKINS


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