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Got a Second Wind?

A Christie's employee adjusts Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress, designed by the legendary costume designer Helen Rose, at the auction house Christie's in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The wedding dress is part of the auction 120 years of Pop Culture, which is showcasing important memorabilia dating from every decade of the past century of popular culture from the ubiquitous industries of film and music. The estimated price is 30,000 � 50,000 pound (46,000-78,000 dollars). (Frank Augstein / Associated Press)
A Christie's employee adjusts Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress, designed by the legendary costume designer Helen Rose, at the auction house Christie's in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The wedding dress is part of the auction 120 years of Pop Culture, which is showcasing important memorabilia dating from every decade of the past century of popular culture from the ubiquitous industries of film and music. The estimated price is 30,000 � 50,000 pound (46,000-78,000 dollars). (Frank Augstein / Associated Press)

She always wanted to wear a wedding dress.  But Ruth Crawford, 70, was married after WWII in a time when money was tight and men were going off to or returning from war. She married the love of her life on a Friday night in a hotel.

Her husband is gone now, but she still longed to fulfill her lifetime desire to simply wear a traditional wedding dress. Second Wind Dreams fulfilled her wish.

Ruth tried on a few dresses and settled on one, ringing the store’s bell when she found her special dress. Her family secretly waited in the next room and cheered as store clerks escorted her out into the store. While her husband could not admire her beautiful dress, her son took his mom’s arm and spun her around.

Second Wind Dreams seeks to abolish stereotypes and offer seniors a chance to fulfill dreams. Check it out. A wedding dress, pulling back on an airplane’s yoke, directing a symphony, what is your second wind dream and would you be brave enough to fulfill it?  

(S-R archive photo: Elizabeth Taylor's first wedding dress)




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