The Setting:1979. A brutal civil war in the African bush, strict sanctions, petrol rationing - 600kilometres away from the capital city a dashing young man is billotted out to 'brightlight' (stay overnight as protection) to an elderly couple living in an isolated farm house. The elderly couple are in the process of being moved into the nearest village for their protection as their neighbouring daughter and son-in-law in hospital have been recently evacuated following a horrific land-mine blast, set by one of their trusted farmworkers.
The young man supports the elderly couple as they move, and befriends the family once they are back out of hospital - he soon becomes a 'war adopted' part of the family as he is far from his hometown. He soon catches the eye of a young nurse, the daughter of the land-mine couple who visits every few months from the city.
Because of the distances involved and severe petrol rationing, the only travel to and from the village was on certain days in protected and heavily guarded vehicle convoys. As a result only monthly 'dates' were possible and within a year they held their wedding! The night before the wedding they watched through the regular glows, and listened to the booms of a nearby estate being mortar bombed. Many of the wedding guests had holsters and weapons, hidden carefully but held nearby incase of an attack.
The occasion:The wedding was idyllic, all the local people threw themselved into celebrating a wedding after many, many sad funerals in the district. The brides mother made the dress, the butcher iced the cake, all the local gardeners decorated the church with jasmine and sweatpeas and the couple was surrounded by friends and family.
The dress:The brides wedding dress had a train which had originally been over the skirt of her mothers wedding dress (1952). Beautiful lace (even if there were a few extra lacy holes made by moths over the years of storage). It had been carefully washed in rice water and sewn with soft ribbons down the centre.
A young girl in awe of that handsome young soldier forestry man.
.............. truth be told 32 year later I still am!
Yes, this is my wedding dress (and no - I can't fit in it anymore!)
I'd love to do something with the lace but don't know what.
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