Our daughter, otherwise known as Chicken Mama, is the historian in our family, and I asked her this past week the year in which Papa Pea's paternal grandparents were married.
She reminded me that she's never been able to find that particular information although she knows the dates of their births and deaths, and the pertinent dates of their three children of whom Papa Pea's father was the eldest.
Here's the little story that led me to wondering when they were married.
Right after we were married in 1963, Papa Pea's grandfather died. His wife then broke up housekeeping and went to live with her oldest daughter.
We had very little in the way of our own furniture (matter of fact, we were renting a furnished house at the time), so when we were offered Papa Pea's grandparents' set of six kitchen chairs, we readily accepted.
The reason I wanted to know the year these grandparents were married is that we were told they received the six chairs as a wedding present. As close as we can guesstimate, we think they were probably married around 1904. That would make the chairs approximately 114 years old now.
This summer we will have been married fifty-five years and are still using these very same chairs around our kitchen table.
Several of the chairs have had minor repairs made to them over the years, as was again necessary this past week.
After all this time, they're still just about the most comfortable straight-backed chairs I've ever sat in, and I hope we can keep them serviceable for many more years.
Wouldn't it be interesting to know how much this set of six wonderful chairs cost that many years ago?
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