Monday, May 17, 2004

The Dope on Elopement

I wish it were six months from now.  I find that I am like a gold prospector.  The silt, mud, and excess water drain away as I pan.  I am left with gold nuggets.  My story stripped of all the unnecessary.

 

I-75 South.  It was lit up in the afternoon sunlight.  Things took on an intensity that became slightly surreal to my senses.  The farm land and horse country gave way to rolling hills.  They gave way to the dense forests of Daniel Boone National Forest. Then, the majestic beginning of the Smoky Mountains.  The sun was low in the West when we crossed the state line giving the world a magical glow   It was magical that evening.

 

We drove up and down the two streets of Jellico looking for what I assumed would be the chapel of love!  Jellico is renown for elopements.  Famous actually.  Did I expect a Las Vegas, Brittney Spears experience?  I don't know what I expected, whatever it was I could not find it.

 

I spotted the police station and pulled in.  I spoke to a handsome young officer and was informed that we needed to go to the County Clerks office in the morning and purchase a marriage license. They would call the chapel and set up the ceremony. The officer was so sweet. “When do you expect to get married?” “Tonight! I have him tied up in the back seat.  Ready to go!“

 

It did not happen until the next morning.  It was a miracle it happened then.  In our haste to leave neither of us took any cash!  We barely had enough with the help of the ATM machine.  The chapel took a check, thank God.  I was determined.  There was no way I was leaving the state still a Miss.  I was going to present the most heartfelt persuasion ever delivered in that mountain town. That was not necessary.

 

We were married at 1130am on May 13th. I wore my Nana’s watch.  Jake, the director of tourism for Jellico was our best man and witness.  Uncle Sam was the preacher.  He did a fine job. If I were asked if I wanted anything in particular read, I would have requested 1Corinthians 13. I was not to be disappointed.  He read it at the very end.

 

We were the 77th couple to be married in the chapel since its resurrection in January 2003.  Our first task together as a married couple was to ring the church bell together seven times.

 

That, my friends, was music to my ears.

 

19 comments:

camaroisle050856 said...

   Mrs, you have a flair for words!   I am so glad that you both are happy!

Best to you both,
Debi

deabvt said...

Awwww!   Terrific!!    Best of everything!
V

my78novata said...

WOW all you needed was a gun for agood old fashioned KY wedding LOL Congradualtions MRS alphawoman. Lori

sistercdr said...

When I read about ringing the bells, I got chills. How absolutely wonderful.  1 Corinthians 13 is one of my all time favorites, and it's absolutely perfect for a wedding.

mlraminiak said...

Mary, this sounds absolutely perfect!  Be happy, my friend!  Lisa  :-]

indigosunmoon said...

Congratulations!

sonensmilinmon said...

Thanks for FINALLY sharing the details with us.  I couldn't help but beam when I read about you two ringing the bells.  I really gotta light a fire under Sonny so we can get married.  

Monica

donah42 said...

Sounds awesome!!!

chefgracegeorge said...

Aw Mary.  What an awesome way to begin your lives together as wife and husband.  You made me cry!

dymphna103 said...

Congrats couldnt happen to a nicer person.  Maybe you blessed many times   john

krobbie67 said...

Great story! Even if it is stripped of all the unnecessary. I love the fact that you went to a place called Jellico and even crossed the state line. It sounds so elopish (my word). :-) ---Robbie

wfhbear said...

I liked this story. Your passion indicates your real excitement and love. Good for you. Also, The frog looks great. I'm glad you were able to figure it out. My Word, married and able to upload a frog! What more could you ask for? My Best Regards, Bill.

quroboros said...

Wow, this is an interesting tidbit from your life!  I don't think I've ever known anyone who eloped.  It seems like such a romantic yet old-fashioned thing to do.  My sincerest wishes for a long & fulfilling partnership together.  ¤Holly

slowmotionlife said...

OK... you actually got a tear out of me on this one.  This is your best entry ever.  Magical from first letter to last.  Wonderful story.  Congratulations, honey!!  

garyvp said...

Congratulations! Can't beat a good love story.

rbushu said...

Nice entry. Congratulations, Mrs. Alphawoman. Lovely stripping of the unnecessary.

musenla said...

Wow, my best wishes to you.  What an exhilirating and wonderful story, so well told.  Here's to more memorable days ahead together.  =P

somenuttychic said...

Wow.

Wow.

Wooooooooooooooow.

That's so cool!

rlay1100 said...

I live just about five minutes from Jellico, TN.  I'm glad you had a good time!