Right from the beginning, Army life was interesting. The man and I had dated for quite awhile. He told me that he’d gone down and talked to a recruiter and was thinking about joining the Army. We talked about it alot and decided that it would probably be a good idea. I wasn’t sure where we were going from there, but he had to do this. He joined in September 1988 and I saw changed in him right away. A few weeks later, I received a letter proposing marriage. I was ecstatic to say the least!! I went to his graduation from Basic Training in December with his best friend and told him “yes”. The plans were on!!
He went to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) immediately after graduation. I found a wedding dress that I wanted and bought it. I picked out invitations and flowers. We had set a date for April 1989. This would be right after he finished his schooling. He came home for Christmas exodus and we finalized plans for the wedding. Next thing I know, Lean Green calls me and informs me that as soon as he graduates from AIT, they’re sending him to Germany. The wouldn’t give him any time to come home and get married.
I wouldn’t hear of this and he felt pretty much the same so an alternative plan was made. He talked to his Drill Sergeant and was given permission to get married at school. He had to find out the marriage laws and such for Maryland, which is where his AIT was. We needed 5 days to apply for the marriage license and the waiting period. I took vacation time. My carry-on bag was packed with my wedding dress, our champagne glasses and everything needed for a wedding. The bag I checked had all my clothes and other items, but I at least knew that I was going to have my wedding dress!!
We applied for our marriage license and had our waiting period. We had very short evenings together, after his classes were done. My parents drove all the way up and brought his mom with them. We went to city hall with 4 fellow soldiers, him mom and my parents. I got dressed in my gown in the ladies bathroom. My held the door for me and we were married by the JP. We laughed through the whole thing while the best man joked about my cleavage and various other things. At one point, the judge stopped and told us that we had to have “less fun”. We signed the register that went back so many years. It was interesting just looking through that book. We took a few pictures and were off to the restaurant for lunch. We parted way with our family members and the other soldiers and had our honeymoon of 2 days at a local hotel. That was after the soldiers had a $1 dance with me in the barracks parking lot!!
I was back on a plane and headed for home and he was back to classes. The next time I saw him was for 2 days before he flew to Germany and we were on our exciting adventure called Army life!!
The next installment of Army Life will be “Germany”.
I’ll be adding pictures to this post, but had a hard time locating them. Please check back!!