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Sixty years and one solitary wine goblet later
One lone goblet remains from the “unusual” gift Henry gave to Julia for their second anniversary.
Apple Pie and SalsaFebruary 27, 2013 2,464 views Post a comment
Henry and I just observed our 60th wedding anniversary. For our first anniversary Henry sent me a pair of alligator shoes from Panama. I didn’t use them much. They didn’t fit quite right. He was home for our second anniversary and he surprised me with a most unusual gift from Haiduk’s Jewelry Store. I don’t even know what it was called. It was a silver-looking (chrome) round tray. In the center was an amber-colored decanter with a glass stopper, surrounded by eight small goblet-looking containers. I didn’t have a proper place for it, so for years I kept it on top of the dresser in our bedroom. When we remodeled the house, I moved it to the kitchen in an out-of-the-way corner of the counter. It was always a showpiece. I never used it.
The other day I asked Henry what possessed him to buy something like that. He said, “It was for your wine.” I never thought of that. I never used it for my wine. Henry was referring to the one bottle of wine I would get each year around Christmas time. It sort of became a tradition; it started a short time before we got married. Henry and I had this silly argument in December of ’52 and I gave him the engagement ring back. That New Year’s Eve I asked his sisters, Bertha and Alice, to spend the night with me and they did. I didn’t want to be alone. Henry, I’m sure, was out with his friends. My sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Henry, and Henry Jr. were visiting us that evening. I got brave and asked Henry if he would get us a bottle of wine. The odd thing is that Papá knew about it and did not object. I know Mamá probably didn’t like the idea but she always went along with Papá’s decisions. Henry came back with a bottle of Mogen David wine. I didn’t disappoint my parents. We drank some of it but not all. We felt giddy and we stayed up late giggling and acting silly.
Not long after, Henry and I got back together and got married just before Uncle Sam took him. The following Christmas, my brother-in-law again got me a bottle of Mogen David wine. I wrote Henry and told him. I never knew there was another brand of wine since I had never been inside a liquor store. I still haven’t been, but I see at the grocery stores a large assortment of wines they carry.
That bottle of wine lasted me for months. After Henry got back, he was the one to buy that bottle of Mogen David. It continued for years, up until the time the older kids were teenagers. They never saw me overindulge. They would tease me about it, calling me a wina. I finally “kicked the habit” when about one-third of a bottle stayed in the refrigerator for a whole year. The kids never touched it and neither did Henry. He had his reason. That’s another story.
As for that gift, little by little each piece was gone (what with 10 kids around). I can’t blame it all on the kids. The decanter broke when it slipped out of my hands after washing it one time. Only one solitary glass was left. I keep it in my curio cabinet. And I still have the tray.
Henry and I feel very blessed to have reached this milestone in our lives, by the grace of God and the love of those that have surrounded us through the years.
Perhaps we will live to celebrate our 65th, as did my brother and sister-in-law, Raul and Beatriz. Until then, we will live Un Dia a La Vez.
Julia Castro, a retired Head Start teacher and mother of 10, lives in Floresville with her husband, Henry. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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