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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Love

Photo of Alyce and Drew Williams sometime before or after their marriage in 1931. Photo taken in Hancock County, Vardy, Tennessee. Holding Library: King College.

Since Thursday is Valentine’s Day, many people consider this the week of Love. Here in Appalachia there will be teddy-bears, candy, and roses galore given to those who are loved-or who are at least greatly desired for this moment in time.

Papaw Tony calls that kind of sweet romantic stuff he-ing and she-ing. When I was young my elders called it courting. The kids today-I have no clue what they call it-dating maybe?

Aren’t Alyce and Drew one of the most lovely couples you’ve ever seen?

Tipper

*Source for photo Digital Library of Appalachia.

 

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19 Comments

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    RB
    February 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I remember our paternal Grandfather talking about he-ing and she-ing. Our dad may have said it too, not sure, maybe one of The Sisters will remember. I remember one of them talking about “spooning” and “sparking” which meant about the same thing, I think.
    Funny remembering things like that.
    God bless.
    RB
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    Susie Swanson
    February 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful picture.

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    rick kratzke
    February 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

    As I get older and another year of marriage goes by the word love tends to take on a whole new meaning.
    I have been married for 27 years now and each passing means more to me than the last.

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    Ed Ammons
    February 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I am drawn to the dry stacked stone wall upon which the young couple sits. It stands the way the mason erected it with no mortar to hold it together. Hopefully their marriage was the same. If it needed any glue to hold it together, it was doomed to fail. If it was assembled by the hands of true craftsman, it weathered many a storm unscathed.

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    brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    February 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What a sweet dress she has on. Wish women still dressed that way. I would be happy to have a closet of this style.

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    B. ruth
    February 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Tipper,
    How about spoonin’! The picture reminds me of Longfellows poem..
    There was a little girl that had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead…When she was good she was very good indeed. But when she was bad she was horrid!
    I’m sure she wasn’t horrid, but she does have one of those sweet and coy looks on her face….
    Love this post.
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ethel
    February 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    What a handsome couple! I love old photos like this. I like to imagine the young couples spending their whole lives together, weathering all storms and still in love.
    I have heard it referred to as sparking, but not recently. My grandparents also called it going together. I have heard some of the young people around here call it seeing each other. It is all sweet and hopeful, whatever we call it!

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    lynn
    February 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    tipper, i really love these kinds of photos, where the love shines out of the faces, in a gentler time.
    they really look in love and happy.
    hope all the blind pig readers have a great week, filled with love
    big ladybug hugs
    xoxo

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    Ken
    February 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Tipper,
    Nice picture in the opening. Next
    to Christmas, Valentine’s Day is
    my favorite. Maybe it’s because I
    got two daughters that hold such a
    Special place in my heart. And they gave me 6 granddaughters to
    love. Seems the older I get, the
    faster time flies cause the oldest
    one is getting married in June…Ken

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    Mel H.
    February 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Down ’round here it was called “Sparkin'”….

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    Miss Cindy
    February 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Sweet couple! She looks happy and he looks scared, guess that’s the way it usually goes.
    Astute observation, Joe!

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    Karen Larsen
    February 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

    That photo is wonderful! They are both adorable!

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    Mamabug
    February 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    What a sweet photo! Looking forward to Valentine’s day this year since I have my own precious little sweetheart to spoil!

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, Ph.D.
    February 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

    OH MY! I LOVE THE EXPRESSIONS ON THE FACES OF YOUR SWEETHEART CANDIDATES! SUCH A REFLECTION OF FAITH AND DEVOTION TO LAST FOREVER!
    KEEP THOSE LOVE LETTERS IN YOUR HEART!
    LOVE, EVA NELL

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    Tipper
    February 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Joe-Ah Ha! You got it right-I totally agree today dating is texting LOL!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
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    dolores
    February 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

    The picture is one of innocent love in my eyes. Where did the romance of years gone by go? It was courting or dating in my day, but I think ‘going together’ is a term used today. I am looking forward to this weeks stories.

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    Joe Mode
    February 11, 2013 at 7:32 am

    The definition of “dating” today for kids is texting.

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    Gorges Smythe
    February 11, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Neat picture.

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    Sheryl Ormond Paul
    February 11, 2013 at 6:23 am

    They are so sweet. Looking forward to the Valentines postings

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