Roland and Jeanine’s Love Story (in brief)
In 1958, Jeanine’s older sister Nicole and her husband moved to Port Au Prince for a job. Jeanine made frequent visits to see her sister in the city. On one of those visits she met a handsome young man named Roland Crispin.
Over the next two years Roland and Jeanine got to know each other and became good friends. Then suddenly in 1960, Roland wrote a handwritten four page love letter to Jeanine expressing his true feelings for her. FOUR PAGES!! What the…WHAT? Nowadays you’re lucky if they get a text asking if you want to meet up at the Club!
Jeanine still has the letter after all these years. Just like their love for each other, those pages have endured over time.
Five loooooong years later on March 6th 1965, Roland liked it so he put a ring on it! He and Jeanine finally wed. Took him long enough, right? Nobody ever accused my father of moving quickly (except maybe on the soccer field).
What did Roland do then? Only twenty days after the wedding, he left Haiti (and his brand new bride) and moved to the U.S. to start a new life for his future family.
They were apart for eight long lonely months. In November of 1965, he was able to bring Jeanine to the U.S. and they were happily reunited.
So happily, in fact, nine months later their first child was born!
My beautiful sister Cynthia Elisabeth Crispin (aka “Lisa”), was born on Aug 12th of 1966. Obviously, they missed each other!
Almost three years later, their second (and dare I say, favorite) child, Roland Crispin, Jr (aka “Roldy” and/or “Roc”) was born on March 4th, 1969.
Lisa and her huband Bill have given Roland and Jeanine two wonderful grandchildren. Luc and Manon.
On March 6th of 2015, Roland and Jeanine will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Woo-Hoo!
Please join us on April 5th, 2015 to honor and celebrate this great milestone!