In addition to the abundance of red white and blue on the corner for this 4th of July… there was also some enchanting cream-colored lace and heartfelt words about love and social justice.
Five years ago, stagehands James and Elizabeth Bircher wed in San Antonio and made a joke which became a promise that:
“…every five years, somewhere, James and Elizabeth would renew their vows in the presence of family and friends.”From the Bircher’s Vows
For their first five-year vow renewal, they came to Winslow Arizona, where some family members who missed the wedding live. For the short ceremony officiated by Mrs. Sarah Smithson…
Vow Renewal on the Corner
James and Elizabeth gathered on Winslow’s famous corner, on the spot of a stone purchased by Elizabeth’s mother, Marianne Richardson, a teacher at Winslow High School.
The stone reads:
“Tis better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Instead of reciting traditional romantic vows, they focused instead on their shared promise to the:
“…care of the needy, stewardship of the planet, upholding the rights of workers, and defending democracy by supporting a free press and fair elections.”
Five Down, Onto the Next Five
The Bircher’s are already planning their ten-year vow renewal and have a couple of ideas they’re pondering:
Either the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic where the sun doesn’t set in the summer, or in the penguin exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo.
We are just glad they chose to Stand on a Corner in Winslow Arizona for their first of–I’m sure–many five-year vow renewals. Have a wonderful 4th of July and a truly magical anniversary.
Until next time…
Take it Easy
Many thanks to Ashley at Arizona 66 Trading Company for tipping me off! If you see something cool in Winslow’s Historic District, let me know!