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Funny Wedding Words of Advice for the Bride in 1942

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

A Wish for Your Wedding

This is the title of a little Hallmark booklet with blank pages inside that was utilized during a wedding shower for my husband's mother prior to her wedding.

This was long before my husband appeared as a bouncing baby bundle of joy on the scene.

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The year was 1942 and both the soon-to-become bride and groom had graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy in Des Moines, Iowa.

In fact...that is where these lovebirds met and where romance blossomed.

Who says that pouring over books and test tubes can't be romantic?

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This short little 4 foot 10 1/2 inch cutie was one of few women students studying to become a pharmacist back in that era. In 1942 the pharmacy classes were predominantly male oriented.

Times have certainly changed since then! Today a good percentage of pharmacists (in fact, almost half) are women.

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While there is still a slight pay disparity between men and women practicing the same exact profession (in favor of the men) the income is good and working conditions are generally in air conditioned or heated comfort inside of drug stores or large clinics or hospitals.

It is a very responsible job and in addition to dispensing medications, counseling of patients is an important aspect of what pharmacists regularly do.

Here is her photo from the professional pharmacy sorority Lambda Kappa Sigma at Drake University in 1941.

Here is her photo from the professional pharmacy sorority Lambda Kappa Sigma at Drake University in 1941.

There was a professional pharmacy sorority at Drake University of which my future mother-in-law was not only a member, but held the position of president one year. It was called Lambda Kappa Sigma.

The counter-part to that was the professional pharmacy fraternity (Phi Delta Chi) of which her future husband was also a member and who had also held the position of president one year.

An organization to which all pharmacy students automatically belonged was called the Mortar and Pestle. Back in 1941 it was the only organization of its kind with just 2 chapters. Lecturers from various drug houses would regularly address members on subjects relating to pharmacy and medicine.

Of the 30 members at Drake University, only 4 that year were women in the Mortar and Pestle club. A highlight for the 27 members who were able to attend was a trip to Eli Lilly drug house in Indianapolis, Indiana that particular year.

Eli Lilly drug company trip for soon-to-be pharmacists in 1942.

The four women pharmacy students going on that Eli Lilly trip in 1942.  My future mother-in-law is the shortest one!

The four women pharmacy students going on that Eli Lilly trip in 1942. My future mother-in-law is the shortest one!

Where these lovebirds met & studied to become pharmacists:

This was the marriage advice given to Emma prior to her nuptials.

A selection of the handwritten pages will be shared below (copied in print form) and gives a reference to the thinking back in 1942 when offering sage advice to new brides.

Some of it is humorous and some of the advice would be as good and relevant today as it was back in the 1940s.

Handwritten words of advice to the bride.

Handwritten words of advice to the bride.

Be you own sweet self always and don't work too hard - remember your husband will love you just the same.

Aunt Mary

Positively never get up first in the morning.

Auntie Peg


Don't be afraid to admit your own mistakes. Making up is Lots of Fun.

Dolores

Never talk to the husband about former good times and boy friends - (Maybe this is not new advice.)

Coleen


Be sure your husband makes the fires (if you have any to make.)

Best Wishes Dora (fat Aunty)

Dear Emma Lu,

When Jack comes home be sure and have your self nice and clean and the Beef D. (dinner?) done to a turn like you had when I ate with you.

Grandma Beyer

Streight from my heart to you

Speed all my thoughts and all my love.

And all good wishes added to,

For happiness for you and yours.

Grandma Beyer

Emma and her Grandma Beyer

Labeled "Grandma Beyer and I"

Labeled "Grandma Beyer and I"

Keep your own view points as a friendly little argument spices up life.

Maxine White

Dear Emma,

Always have a smile for Jack when he comes home.

Aunt Dina

Dear Emma,

Don't be to possessive and tie him to your apron strings, also don't henpeck.

Aunt Mildred

Emalou - Remember

It is a 50-50 partnership from now on.

Aunt Ada

Never forget to come to family reunions and keep everyone informed of all additions to the family.

Edith Ver Steegh

P.S. Remember that the Lord has pronounced a blessing on the "Home."

The newlyweds in 1942.

The newlyweds in 1942.

This budding university romance between two pharmacy students culminated in marriage. But World War 2 was raging and after attending OCS (Officer's Candidate School) in Columbia, South Carolina, Jack was shipped off to England where he worked in a hospital setting.

My future husband had been conceived in South Carolina, was born and was 16 months old before his Dad returned from the war and saw him for the first time.

The very next day, Jack was killed in an auto accident! It was exactly 3 years to the day of their marriage!

My mother-in-law never remarried. The memories and pictures of their shared experiences, while short remained with her always to warm her heart and remained frozen in time.

My husband's parents in 1942

My husband's parents in 1942


Hope you enjoyed this wedding advice for the bride from the 1942 era. Some of it is funny and some of it is sage. Do you agree?

My husband's father in army officer uniform, 1942

My husband's father in army officer uniform, 1942

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are always welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 27, 2019:

Hi Dale,

You are correct. It is a 50 / 50 partnership and one of commitment through good times and bad. If people live long enough, there is sure to be some of both.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 27, 2019:

The 50 / 50 partnership advice is KEY. After you get married it is no longer just you, you are responsible for and to your partner. Big adjustment that some cannot make.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

It is sad that my husband never got to really know his dad in person. He grew up just knowing stories about him. My father also lost his dad, but at least he was about 8 years of age so remembered something about him.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 05, 2019:

O so sad that he died after 3 short years This was a kinder gentler time Thank you for sharing Peggy Angels once again are on the way to you ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Your father-in-law must have really wanted grandchildren. Haha!

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on March 18, 2019:

This is a funny topic for me because my own father in law is a man of somewhat....odd ideas. For example the first thing he said to me was that we needn't wait to start giving him grandchildren because he had a cot in the back room we could start using. Right now. Hence I always like to hear what other marriage advice other folk got as well ;)

Robert Sacchi on January 07, 2019:

Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2019:

Hi Robert,

Good luck to your niece in her studies to become a pharmacist. It is a good job!

Robert Sacchi on January 06, 2019:

The story is touching, sad, and a good look back at times gone by. I have a niece who is studying to be a pharmacist.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2019:

Hi Shyron,

This certainly does delve back into history for not only my husband's family but others can probably relate to it in some manner also. Appreciate your comment.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 05, 2019:

Wonderful advice for a bride-to-be. This is a wonderous hub and could almost substitute for a family tree, that is a treasure.

Blessings and hugs.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

Yes, this advice given to brides is still relevant. It is too bad that my husband had to grow up without his father being present, but that is now all ancient history so-to-speak. My mother-in-law had a good life and is now reunited with Jack in the next life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2019:

Hi Nell,

That is all a part of my husband's family history. It was sad that he never got to know his father except for hearing stories about him. His grandfather became his father figure.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 02, 2019:

This is very sensible advice relevant forever. Sad to learn about Jack's accidental death.

Nell Rose from England on January 02, 2019:

I couldn't believe it when you said he went to war then came back and died in an auto accident! how cruel! and she never married again? how sad. I did love all the advice too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

Because of that accidental death and my husband being so young at the time, he only grew up hearing about his dad and not truly knowing him. His grandpa became his father figure.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 24, 2018:

"The very next day, Jack was killed in an auto accident! It was exactly 3 years to the day of their marriage!" O I was not expecting that. What a story. Angels once again are on the way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

People did work harder on average back then than many do today. Just doing the laundry was more of a chore as compared to today as just one tiny example. Appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment.

poetryman6969 on April 11, 2015:

And interesting viewpoint on the history of the times. You know that they had much harder lives than the words reflect but people did not complain as much in those days.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

It is too bad that my husband never got to know his dad as he was growing up (due to his death) but his grandpa became his male role model. Glad you liked some of the advice given brides back in the 1940s. Some of it is humorous! Thanks for the votes and share.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 11, 2015:

O a tragic story included among some 'humorous' but sage (in some cases) advice.

Keeping track of our family stories is so important I believe. It keeps us connected to where our family came from, the journeys they made.

Thank you for sharing this article with us...the photos are superb.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

voted up++++ and shared

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2015:

Hi aesta1,

So very true! :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 02, 2015:

Wise words of wisdom indeed as we who are married can truly testify.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Stay warm up there. As of 8PM tonight it is still warm outside in Houston. Obviously the predicted cold front has not moved this far south. Thanks for the sharing of this hub.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 01, 2015:

This could be a fun read with Valentine's Day almost here, and then June, the wedding month not that far behind. Always interesting to look back and see how people did things and especially how they thought years ago.

Sharing with followers.

Hope you're going to be in a warm place tonight. Know you're far enough away and far enough south that you don't get a lot of cold weather, but here we're to get down into the low/mid 20s tonight. Just a little too cold for me now that I've been in Texas for so many years.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 07, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Yes the June wedding month for many brides is fast approaching. They might get a kick out of reading the old timey advice given to brides decades ago. Thanks for your comment and the pin.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 01, 2014:

With June, the month of weddings just a short way off, this could be good reading for brides to be . . . pinning to Awesome HubPages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2014:

Hello greeneyedblondie,

So glad that you enjoyed this. ☺

greeneyedblondie on March 08, 2014:

I thought the "making up can be lots of fun" one. Ha! And I'm not even married.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Some advice spans the ages quite well such as the counting to 10 example. I thought that some of this was cute. Thanks for your comment + share.

justmesuzanne from Texas on August 18, 2013:

Count ten is always good advice! You are building a lovely collection of information and memories for your family. Very smart of you to do it online like this! Voted up, awesome and shared! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2013:

Hi KoffeeKlatchGals,

I thought that the advice for a new bride-to-be back in 1942 was cute and some of it was timeless. They certainly did have a short marriage. I am married to their one and only son. Nice to be able to share their story with others. Appreciate your comment.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2013:

Beautiful hub. The pictures are terrific and the advice in the book is entertaining. How sad that Jack was killed so young. Very romantic.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

My mother-in-law...while not the first woman pharmacist in the U.S. was certainly on the ground breaking side of it. She was a spunky kind of gal and that is stated with love and affection. As to male nurses...we now see many of them in the U.S. and in my opinion it is a good thing. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 20, 2013:

Very beautiful picture of Newly wed couple of 1942. In my country India, we still hardly find any woman pharmacist. Just like we do not find any male nurse in India. Very good hub. Voting up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 08, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, it was tragic at the time but my (future) mother-in-law made a good life for her son and herself in the years that followed although she never again married. Thanks for the votes and share.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 07, 2013:

All very interesting and entertaining -- except for a shocking and tragic end! How awful that Jack was killed! Excellent hub as always.

Voted up, BAI, and will share!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2012:

Hi sweetie1,

I guess we all need to live as if each day might be our last...because we never know moment to moment what lies ahead. Thanks for your comment.

sweetie1 from India on November 29, 2012:

This is a very sad story about your father in law's untimely death the very next day he met his son for the first time. He definitely looked very smart and handsome man.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2012:

Hello LaThing,

Glad that you liked this real life story. My husband grew up having his grandfather be his father image since he obviously did not remember his father having met him only the one day and at such an early age. Appreciate your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2012:

Hello Jaye,

My parents got married in 1946 so they were of the same era as your parents. I thought that the wedding advice to the young lady who was later to become my mother-in-law was cute as well as sage. Glad that you liked the old photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on November 24, 2012:

This is so sweet, yet sad!! Such a short married life, yet she never married again.... This is true love! Beautiful pictures, and heartrending ending! Enjoyed reading it very much. Voting up and everything.....

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on November 24, 2012:

Beautiful story, though the death of your husband's dad when he was very young is sad. The old photos add so much to this hub. Thanks for sharing them, as well as the wedding advice for the bride. (My own parents got married in 1942.)

Voted Up+++

Jaye

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I think that there are as many women pharmacists today as there are men but back when my mother-in-law became one that was not the case. So glad that you liked this article, the photos, etc. Thanks for the votes and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

It is sad that she lost her husband at such an early age but she made a good life for herself and her son who later became my husband. Apparently no one she met afterwards measured up to what she once had to ever consider getting married again. Appreciate your comment and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 24, 2012:

What a beautiful story you have shared! It was sad that your hubby's father died at such a young age, and had to leave a very young son.

Yes, I'm sure it was unusual for a woman to be a pharmacist back then. I think even today it would be a good profession for a woman.

I always enjoy looking at your old photos (which you generously share on some of your Hubs. I enjoy looking at the clothes they wore, etc.

I voted this UP, and will Tweet and share with my followers.

moonlake from America on November 24, 2012:

How sad. To bad she never married again and had more children. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Pharmacists do make a decent living. As to the wedding words of advice...much of it is as true for today as it was back then...the counting that you mentioned for one. Ha! Some things never change. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 05, 2012:

I've actually written a few articles about pharmacists (on another website) and discovered that it is a great occupation: relatively low stress, good working hours and high pay.

And counting a few before an angry reply is just as wise now as it was then. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

You are right in that WW2 opened the floodgates to more women being in the work force outside of the home. Glad that you liked this story regarding my husband's parents. Appreciate your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 25, 2012:

How very interesting with your mother-in-law but so unfortunate with her husband later on. WW2 opened up a lot of opportunities for women and really, despite fits and starts- was the beginning of where women in the work-force are today in so many cases. The four trainee ladies in front of the Eli Lilly bus is so cool and loved grandma's advice and the photos of your husbands parents- what a good-looking couple. Special one- thanks Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2012:

Hi Duchess,

I think that my mother-in-law would have been very pleased. Like you said, photos definitely freeze a moment in time and often tell a story all their own or help to embellish it. Enjoy your photography! Thanks for your comment.

Duchess OBlunt on May 30, 2012:

One more reason I love to take photos of family and friends. Those memories "frozen in time" can bring so many warm and beautiful thoughts to loved ones.

What a wonderful story. What an honour for one of your readers to request permission to have your mother in law's photo for the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book! That must be exciting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2012:

Hi Diane,

Her name was Emma Lucille Beyer back then prior to her marriage. Her nickname was Emalou which she was called for most of her life. Emma Beyer would probably suffice if the middle name makes the attribution too long.

I think that she would be very pleased to be a part of the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book if she was still alive. Will let her son (my husband) know. Thanks!

Diane S. on April 23, 2012:

Hello, again, Peggy!

I left a comment approximately 7 months ago regarding using your mother in law's photo for the Lambda Kappa Sigma Centennial History Book. I will begin submitting copy to the publisher in July. For your Mother in law's photo caption, how would you like her name to appear?

Thank you again for granting permission to use her photo!

Kind regards,

Diane

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hi KoffeeKlatchGals,

So nice to know that you enjoyed these old timey words of advice to a new bride. As you say...some things never change! Thanks for your comment.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 10, 2012:

Peggy W, wonderful words of wisdom, as true today as they were then. Love the pictures and family history.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

As you said, much of the advice is timeless. Glad that you enjoyed this hub about advice to brides back in the 1942 era. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2012:

Hello daskittlez69,

Yes, stepping back in time is nice when the memories are good ones. Thanks for leaving a comment on this old timey wedding advice for the bride.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2012:

Hi Jessi10,

While it is sad that the boy who became my husband had to grow up without his father, his grandfather took over the role of the male influence in his life and he turned into a wonderful man. No...I'm not prejudiced! :)) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 29, 2012:

Hi barbergirl28,

Glad that you enjoyed this hub...and yes, much of the wedding advice would still be as good today as it was back in 1942. Thanks for your comment.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on February 29, 2012:

What a great story, but a sad ending! I love the wedding advice from all the female relatives. 1942 was a long time ago, but much of the advice is timeless. Thanks for sharing this lovely story of your husband's parents. Voted up and beautiful!

daskittlez69 from midwest on February 29, 2012:

That was an interesting hub. It is always nice to step back into time. Thanks

Jessica Rangel from Lancaster, CA on February 29, 2012:

This is a great HUB! It very much reminds me of the notes and wedding gifts my grandmother received from her own mother, and other family members. The story was so moving. Its a tragedy what happened..

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on February 29, 2012:

I have to say.. I wasn't realy expecting the ending. But I can see that the love those two shared is something to be modeled afterwards. While you still see that kind of love around - it just doesn't seem as strong in today's relationships. What a great hub... and I love the word's of advice. I think they are still something couples should strive for! :) Great hub and thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2011:

Hi Mark,

The ratio of female pharmacists to male are about equal these days but apparently some pay disparity still exists which is certainly not fair. Appreciate your comment. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2011:

Hello Diane S.,

Congratulations on following in your family's footsteps with regard to profession. They must be proud and also happy for you. My husband thought about becoming a pharmacist until he hit organic chemistry which changed his mind. Ha! He switched to business and it suited him and served him well.

Yes, you have my permission to use that photo. If you can leave a link to this hub, it would be appreciated. If my mother-in-law was still alive, she would have really liked reading that LKS history book! Thanks for your comment.

Diane S. on September 03, 2011:

Hello, Peggy!

Your story resonated with me deeply. My mother graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Pharnacy in 1941, the only woman in her class. I am a third generation graduate of UB Pharmacy, and a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma. I have been given the responsibility of writing the LKS Centennial History Book (1913-2013) and would love to have permission to use your mother in law's photo on the bus trip to Eli Lilly for possible inclusion in the book. Thank you so much for posting your family's story!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2011:

Hello giselenmendez,

Interesting that you also received similar wedding advice prior to your wedding. Yes...I wish that wars could be ended and that all peoples of the earth could spend more time in peace and harmony with one another. Thanks for your comment.

giselenmendez from Berlin, Germany on August 20, 2011:

The notes of advice are so similar to the ones I've been given by my mother and grandmother on the day of my wedding! This Hub is a prove that such a big love will never end :) When you read about stories like this one you realize how pointless war could be, and how much happier we would all be without it. We all have the potential to love and be loved, it's important that we don't forget about that. Thank you for taking the time to share their story with us!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2011:

Hello cowtowngirl77,

Thanks for commenting on this hub about wedding advice for the bride. Glad that you have your own memories and pictures!

cowtowngirl77 on August 09, 2011:

I also had great memories and pics. It was a nice time. good hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2011:

Hi Becky,

Like you, I thought that those hand written notes of advice for the bride were cute and endearing. Glad that you also liked them. Thanks for your comment.

Becky from Oklahoma on August 08, 2011:

This is such a sweet story. I love the personal notes and photos. Very heart-warming. Thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2011:

Hello brakel2,

Thanks for the compliment. It is nice to have pictures from the past especially when they relate to family.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 06, 2011:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

Glad that you liked these wedding words of advice for brides of the past. I thought that they were so cute and should be shared. Thanks for your comment.

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 06, 2011:

What.a lovely hub and so well put together. The story is sad but poignant. You have all those lovely pictures and memories. I wish I had kept pics. You are a good writer. Keep up the good work.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on August 06, 2011:

What a beautiful look into the romantic past of a loving couple. How sad that it end all too soon. The notes of advice were priceless, they hold true for today. The pictures were perfect. Up and awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 01, 2011:

Hello kerlynb,

These pictures do go back in years. Glad that you liked them. Like you, I thought that the wedding advice for brides back in the 1942 era was cute. Thanks for your comment.

kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on July 31, 2011:

Whoa! All these pictures in your hub just conjure images in my mind of times gone by. Neat. Thanks for sharing this hub about women's pieces of advice to ladies. Thanks for these wonderful, sepia pics as well. Just love them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

I am not in these pictures. The bride turned out to be my mother-in-law many years later. If she were still alive she would appreciate your compliments! :))

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 29, 2011:

Sorry, I am late to know this hub. Wow...you are so beautiful and all your pictures were so fantastic. I never thought that you still have all these pictures. I believe you have beautiful memories in the past. I know that from the pictures. Your father's husband so handsome too. I am so happy to know this from you. Thanks for share this with us. Cheers..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2011:

Hi Ethel,

Happy to have been able to share these photos and story with you. Thanks for your comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on July 18, 2011:

Ecellent as always Peggy. Loved the photos thanks for sharing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2011:

Hello DilaraMawlaMonzur,

Nice that you found wedding advice for the bride back in the 1940's of interest. I got a kick out of reading the cute notes and recommendations also. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 18, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about wedding advice given to brides in 1942. Thanks for your comment.

DilaraMawlaMonzur on July 18, 2011:

It kept me captivated till I finished. Beautiful!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on July 17, 2011:

A very wonderful and inspiring tribute for your husbands parents. It is certain the family members adored the bride and groom with all the helpful advice given. I am touched by your hub page. I give you a huge applause for a very touching and lovely hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2011:

Hi SUSIE DUZY,

You must be referring to the wedding shower and advice for the soon to be bride. Am certain that she had a great time!

SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on July 10, 2011:

Oh, to go back to the good ole days.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2011:

Hi Billy,

When my husband's parents started their marriage they probably thought that they had a lifetime ahead of them. It was to be only 3 years and over half of that time they were separated due to World War 2. Their letters and photos kept them connected in spirit and love.

None of us knows how long we have in this life. We should relish each day as it comes and live each day in a fashion so that IF it is our last, the people that carry our memories can be proud and happy.

billyaustindillon on July 09, 2011:

So tragic and having read part one prior to part 2 it reinforced the loss of life and sweet love. Peggy liked all the sage advice also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2011:

Hi Truckstop Sally,

The fire making might have been literal back then? As to not getting up first...who knows? Am sure that words of advice for a bride would not include those 2 in today's world. Haha!

Truckstop Sally on July 09, 2011:

Be sure your husband makes the fires and Positively never get up first in the morning -- are my favorite words of advice. Not sure what they mean though. But I'll have fun thinking about them all day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2011:

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for commenting on this story and wedding advice given in the 1942 era. It is a shame that my husband could not have grown up knowing his father except for stories told about him. At least he has that which is more than some people have.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 08, 2011:

This is a wonderful story and a nice tribute to your husband's parents. It is so sad his father died so young. I really enjoyed this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

Teachers or nurses...that was still the predominant thing to study when I was in school as a female. My mother-in-law was a bit of a trail blazer in her day and era.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2011:

Hello Happyboomernurse,

It is a rather touching story and one very close to home as that marriage brought about the birth of my husband. You are correct in that it was fortunate that she had a good education and became a pharmacist. Thanks for the votes and comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 08, 2011:

My sister got married in 1948. Close enough for these styles and such to look familiar to me.Most women who went to college back then went to be teachers, I think.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 08, 2011:

Aw, Peggy, I knew this was going to be a great hub as soon as I saw the 1942 era in the title, but I didn't realize it would tug at my heartstrings so much. You really made your husband's parents come to life and the advice your future mother-in-law got before her wedding was, for the most part, surprisingly still relevant and wise.

I also enjoyed reading about female pharmacy students back in the era when that was so rare. As fate had it, though, it turned out to be a good thing that your mother-in-law was capable of earning a living. It was so sad when her husband passed unexpectedly after surviving World War II.

Thanks for sharing their beautiful love story and photos of them on hub pages. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Am voting this up across the board!

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