WINTERSWIJK – “Respect each other. That is. This is our secret.” These are the words of Jean and Anne Major. They celebrate their wonderful wedding on May 31st. They celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with their family and friends on their huge farm Oossink in Burloseweg in Kotten.
Written by Verona Westira
Jean and Anne first met in 1953 at a party for Jean’s cousin. “I knew my cousin Anne because they were both on the board of the municipal secondary school in Emmen. It was very special for a woman at the time,” he remembers well: “I was drafted into the army and helped in the flood disaster at the beginning of 1953. I had a lot to say in that party. At first, the spark didn’t fly right away, but when they saw each other again later that year at a graduation party, they went on a bike with successful friends. “I got cold and then crawled into it on the back of that bike,” Ann laughs. A year later they met again in the Easter bonfire. Jean remembers well: “I was interested in her at that time.” “But it was popular and there were more hijackers on the coast,” Jean recalls. “But I just wanted Jean,” laughs Ann.
The parents did not like the relationship. “Ann was Catholic and I came from a reformer family. He couldn’t be together. You know, with that pillow and that devil.” However, Jean and Anne were so in love that they did not want to end their relationship. “In fact, Anne wouldn’t get her undergraduate degree from her Catholic college if she didn’t bend aside.” Ann, however, had no doubts. “I wanted Jean and explained that to my mom.” Jan arranged for Anne to go to a neutral university of applied sciences in Amsterdam to continue her education. They both live in their student room. Because Jean also went to study after his military service. Anne took various jobs to support herself and Jean worked part-time at a small accounting firm where, in addition to his studies, he learned the tricks of the trade. When Anne took a permanent position as a social worker at the Unmanned Enterprise Aid in Amsterdam, there was a stable income and marriage could be considered. “Ann asked me, what do you think, but I wanted to finish my academic year first and I did.”
In 1957, Jan and Ann tied the knot. Literally, because the newlyweds and the guests went by boat to the church, to the city hall and the party site, along the canals of Amsterdam. Jan: “We were able to pay for the wedding out of a savings account that my parents kept for all of their kids. I think that’s pretty good for eight kids.” Jan and Anne had three daughters, one of whom is a grandson and now is the third great-grandchild on the way.
During his working life, Jan caused quite a stir as a tax specialist in the accounting world. “I take care of the money, Ann takes care of the kiss,” Jean jokes. Ann could laugh heartily about it.
“We and I are each other,” Jean symbolizes their relationship over the years. Both the private and commercial sectors.
In 1982, Anne and Jan bought their farm Oossink in Burloseweg. “We had a large annex office built in Amstelveen. It was just over when we saw this house on a bike ride through the Achterhoek. Anne wanted it,” says Jan. “It’s an oasis of peace here,” laughs Ann. In 1995, Jan and Anne moved permanently to Kotten. Jan wrote a great book about the history of the farm and the surrounding area. In 2005 he also converted a large number of hectares of farmland to new nature. A beautiful estate has been created in New South Wales (Nature’s Beauty Act), which Jan and Anne now enjoy every day.
Until nearly 25 years ago, concerts, exhibitions and other cultural activities were regularly held in the Scholtenboerderij Oossink Secret Annex. Ann in particular has been very active with this. I also got awards for this. Now she takes it easy. Anne loves nature and in particular the many types of animals and birds in the garden and on the farm.
Jan and Anne celebrate their adorable wedding with a reception on May 31 at Osink Farm, in Burloseweg from 3-5:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to congratulate Jan and Ann is most welcome, but must register in advance. You can do this by phone (also Whatsapp) via 06-34249476 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org† “And of course there is also music, because it is part of Oossink,” Jan concludes.