This Week's View|
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
August 22nd, 2005
This week's view is something entirely different.
My husband JC (or Castwell) and I celebrated
our 32nd Wedding Anniversary on Friday. I've
mentioned we met fly fishing at Keystone Landing
on the mainstream of the AuSable River in Michigan.
Almost exactly a year later, we were married at
Keystone. We had to postpone the wedding one week
as the Judge (who had been one of our fly fishing
students) had to attend a legal conference.
The judge really wanted to marry us with his waders
on, but I convinced him to take them off and put
on more appropriate attire. Looking back it might have
been unique at that. The judge is Bruce Scorzone,
who at the time was the youngest elected District
Judge in Michigan. He and his best friend Gus
Triantafellow had been our students in the college
fly fishing class.
There were some glitches, a nice dorothea hatch
and spinner fall were going on, (just as the evening
when we met) and everyone wanted to fish. So fish we did.
As it was getting dark we decided we better
get on with the ceremony. JC and our best
man Neil Travis had cut a downed log into proper
seating heights, and Coleman lanterns were hung
in the pine trees. There was punch (with mayflies
serenely floating in it) and a wedding cake on a
table with a red rose centerpiece.
Judge Bruce is on the left in a sports jacket.
JC had sprained an ankle a week before on a break wall in the
Upper Peninsula so he was in a walking cast.
We did 'march' under crossed fly rods, a pair of
5 wt Orvis Madisons which we fished often on that
section of the river.
All in all it came off quite well, about 20 friends
showed up to witness the event, including Jim's parents
and his Aunt Audie from Traverse City, the head of
the Ethnic Studies at the University of Michigan and
his wife from Ann Arbor, friends from Detroit, Dean
Spidel and his wife Carol, from Cass City...(Dean took all of the
photos you see here) and various fishing companions
Neil and Bonnie Travis were both our witness's and best
friends - above they are signing our marriage license.
Many years later, Neil became City Judge in Livingston
MT, and Bonnie is still head librarian at the city library.
There are a few children in the photos, the
two in plaid are my younger daughters, Kathy
and Lisa, who were our flower girls, and the
third one in the striped top is Barbara Travis,
Neil and Bonnie's daughter. My oldest daughter,
Denice was in Germany as an exchange student
and did not attend.
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The bouquets were all made of silk and preserved
flowers - and I still have mine. You may have
noticed the bride and groom both wore pants.
They did match, and were suede. Reasonably
fitting for an outdoor evening wedding.
Our friend Neil has said, it was a different
time in a land which does not exist any more,
but for JC and me it was a wonderful start to
a life together. Some of it was just awful,
but we survived the awful and built a lasting
love and friendship.
I write this to encourage those of you who
are struggling, those who have not yet found
the person who will light their live and be
their bliss. There can be happiness and joy.
It isn't always easy, and it takes work on
both parts. For us, having a shared background
and frame of reference made it easier to have
shared values. Without that, I can't imagine
being at peace.
Most of all, to each of you, I wish you love. ~ DLB
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