An Old-Fashioned Love Story: My Grandparents
My maternal grandparents, John and Bessie May, met as teenagers. In this photo from 1916 — they were married in November of that year — they look very happy and very much in love. They went on to build a wonderful life together, welcoming and raising five children. My grandfather was half American Indian and half German. Like most couples, they also had their share of heartbreaks and challenges. My mother was their fourth living child, and the first to proudly graduate high school. Their descendants include 22 grandchildren (14 still living) and more than 30 great-grandchildren.
According to my mother,