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Sandra Enjoying 30 years with her Knight in Shining Armor

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AMTamara Bailey
Sandra and Clifton Knight's 30 Wedding anniversary Celebration.
Color coordination on special days is a regular practice for the couple.
The family (from left,back row) Orlando, Clifford, (front) Yolande and Sandra.
Clifford and Sandra Knight at their 30th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations.

Knockpatrick, Manchester:

Thirty-three years ago, Sandra Knight graced the sanctuary of the Cedar Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church with her presence. Her face emanated a radiant smile and, in one man's eyes, her elegant attire clung to her curves in all the right places.

Bright-eyed with a 1,000 megawatt smile, Clifford Knight watched as the woman he would later marry glided through the aisles effortlessly.

"I went to church that day with a friend of mine who was adamant that we sit in the front row. It was while there I saw this man, who was the Sabbath school superintendent at the time, stare at me with the biggest smile I had ever seen - almost like a lil' child who just got a candy," Sandra recalled.

Was it love at first sight? Certainly not, as Sandra was a hard nut to crack, and Clifford, though he liked what he saw, wanted to know if there was a brain to match the beauty. It was, however, the beginning something beautiful.

"I continued going to the church and, little by little, we spoke. It was then I realised he was also a student at West Indies College (now Northern Caribbean University). I would see him at the campus library from time to time, but there was nothing more to it,"

After what Sandra describes as a 'little interview', Clifford asked her to be his friend.

"I told him I needed to think about it and, of course, he said he needed the answer by the following week. I went home and discussed it with my roommate, Janet. She saw that I was being hesitant said: 'you ago mek good man fly through yuh finga'. It was shortly after that I said 'you know what, me a go tell him yes'."

It was more than the wide-eyed smiles that captivated Sandra. It was his caring nature, his convicting presence and his humility.

"From early, his attributes just stood out and I knew we were going to be together."

not just a pretty face

Admitting that his early attraction to her was as a result of physical beauty, Clifford expressed that Sandra's character sealed the deal.

"We are able to celebrate 30 years of marriage because we have learned to give and take, and we take our commitment seriously. Sometimes she has things that are urgent and she feels I'm not moving as fast, and then at times I feel pressured because I need time to do it all, so you both have to find that balance."

"I wouldn't change a thing about our marriage and family," beamed Sandra.