...ten years ago today, I found myself standing in front of 250 people.... while wearing a kilt... a skinny 21 year old with a shaved head... scared out of his mind..... standing in front of total strangers, cat-calling Sailors, and belly-laughing Marines... all waiting on me... standing there in my skirt... to deliver a speech... it was quite a day, boys and girls.... quite a day.... and, sitting here now... a few memories of that day are starting to ooze to the surface.....

...I remember that my Best Man gave a terrific speech... without notes.... without stuttering... AND while totally sober... a real kickass job of public speaking...

...he and my family had flown over from Tennessee three days before the event, and my soon-to-be-Bride and I had given them all the tour of the area... I remember watching my family be shocked for the first time by the everyday happenings in Scotland... Dad's first taste of McEwan's Export.... Mom's laughter at the traffic jam caused by a flock of sheep in the road.... Mike, Calvin, and Joshua's utter contempt for being forced to wear a skirt (kilt), and purse (sporran).... heh... at least they enjoyed having a dagger (sghean dubh) hidden in their knee socks.... traditional Scottish dress... Tennesseans always get happier when they are carrying concealed...

...I remember being banned from ever wearing a kilt again at the end of the reception.... actually... come to think of it, that is the first "Command" ever given to me by new Wife.... "You are NEVER allowed to wear a kilt EVER again.".... I remember it distinctly... I brought it on myself, I suppose... after about 6 pints of McEwan's, I'd had enough of the ole line... "What is worn under the kilt"... so, by the end of the night, when someone would ask, I would lift the kilt in their direction, and say... "Nope.. everything is in perfect working order...see?".... and, just like that, I was banned from wearing the kilt... ahhh... the things drunk Marines will do....

...I remember the little scream of terror that my new bride released at the end of the Cordon... heh.... you ever seen a real Marine Corps Cordon in action?.... it's a sight to behold.... arm in arm, we approached the front door of the church... I heard the Lieutenant give the command... "Arch!.. Swords!!"... we took a step into the threshold of the door, and the first two Marines lowered their swords.. blocking our path..... the Lieutenant then said the immortal words.... "Announcing in public for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Straight White Guy".... the two Marines whispered to me... "KISS HER!".... so, I did.... they raised their swords.... we stepped forward, and two more came down to block our path... "KISS HER" came the whisper again.... this happened all the way along the Cordon of Dress Blues.... until we got to the end... heh.... Sgt. Holland had vied for this position....the last man... the left side.... and, as we started to walk away, he quickly lowered his sword behind us, and bellowed, "WELCOME TO THE MARINE CORPS, MA'AM!!", and whacked her ass with his NCO Sword... heh... she screamed like she'd been shot... the crowd that had gathered on the street to watch were laughing and clapping.... ahhhh... what a day....

...I remember lots of things about that day... a day which changed my life forever.. and, continues to do so every day that I breathe..., tonight I will be celebrating my 10th Anniversary with my darling Wife... how she's put up with me this long ... remains a mysterious miracle to me... so, I will make dinner.... we'll open some champagne.... and we will enjoy this evening with each other.... Happy Anniversary, My Wife... you are incredible...

by Eric on March 26, 2004 | Comments(21) | SWG Stories
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posted by: Tom on March 26, 2004 02:28 PM

[wipes tear]

beautiful :-)

posted by: Harvey on March 26, 2004 02:30 PM

Sounds like it truly was a great. Congratulations to you and your bride.

posted by: Parkway Rest Stop on March 26, 2004 03:03 PM

Of course, I meant "...was a great day."

Click "Preview," Jimbo. Click "Preview."

posted by: Parkway Rest Stop on March 26, 2004 03:05 PM

I don't know how she puts up with you either. Congrats and a hearty JUST DAMN!

posted by: Dax Montana on March 26, 2004 04:24 PM

Right on!..........

posted by: bitterman on March 26, 2004 04:56 PM

A great tale, well told. Happy anniversary. Ten is a biggie. And now I know why our earlier e-mail exchanges on the origins of jolly rogering ended so abruptly.

posted by: Velociman on March 26, 2004 06:56 PM

..actually, Velociman.... I'm preparing a Greek dinner for the wife tomorrow as a 10th Anniversary present... lots of pita bread, chicken, and yogurt... funny you should mention Jolly Rogering... you bastard...

posted by: Eric on March 26, 2004 07:01 PM

I don't know about Jolly Rogering...but I have heard about Ballspanking.

posted by: Dax Montana on March 26, 2004 07:06 PM

..Dax, that is a whole different ballgame... heh.. where the hell is Key when you need her, eh?

posted by: Eric on March 26, 2004 07:25 PM

Good deal, man. Congratulations.

posted by: BSTommy on March 26, 2004 09:41 PM

So cool...
Congratulations to you both.
(Great story, too. Had me chokin' up and laughing at the same time...*hugs to both of ya*)

posted by: Stevie on March 27, 2004 03:50 AM

congrats, sir, both to ye n yer wife. tiz quite a notabull accomplishment to be marrd so long. sounds lack ye gut off to a grate start.

posted by: buddy don on March 27, 2004 03:54 AM

Congratulations Eric....

posted by: Sam on March 27, 2004 09:13 AM

woohoo! 10 years should be a golden anniversary these days ;). big warm congrats to both of you!

posted by: goldie on March 27, 2004 09:30 AM

thanks, everyone... 10 years... it's been quite a party...

posted by: Eric on March 27, 2004 09:33 AM

And I'm sure your lovely wife appreciates 10 years with a man who can remember that much detail of the wedding day.
Good wishes for continued happy years.

posted by: Indigo on March 27, 2004 01:11 PM

Happy anniversary!!!!

posted by: Jack on March 27, 2004 02:02 PM

Very nice... i will only have 5 this year but they have great... it truly is wonderful when you find the right one. Heres to you (raising my beer) and your beautiful... to many more together!

posted by: Turf on March 27, 2004 04:57 PM


Looking forward to your 20th anniversary.....

posted by: Nee on March 29, 2004 04:57 PM

Hey, Eric, sorry I'm late with the congrats, but CONGRATS!!!

Great post.

BTW, the first time I got drunk I drank McEwan's with my Uncle in Scotland. I was 13. To this day, I have a hard time even looking at the stuff.

Good times. Good times.

posted by: Blackfive on April 1, 2004 08:49 PM