I have reason to celebrate 12-12-12 more than I originally thought.
At first I just expected it to be a day when everyone in the newsroom brings a dozen of something to share. How fun! But I found out that if not for an event 100 years ago, I wouldn’t be here.
On Dec. 12, 1912, my great grandparents on my mother’s side were married. Mandius and Clara (Hoines) Holland said, “I do,” and even though I don’t know any details from the wedding day, I’m guessing the ceremony was simple and took place in Day County, where they lived and farmed. I do know that they raised my Grandpa Elmer, who then raised my mother, who raised me. If you think about it, it takes lots of people before us so that we are who we are. Do the numbers on that one and it boggles your mind.
I hope my great grandparents thought Dec. 12 was a very special day for them, no matter how simple. I wonder if they ever dreamed how many people would follow them on their family tree. I’m guessing they never imagined what 100 years from their wedding day would be like because it’s hard to envision 100 years from now.
The Huffington Post, by way of research from David’s Bridal, says an estimated 7,500 couples will wed today, way more than on a typical weekday. It’ll all mean another branch in the world’s forest of family trees.