The title refers to the wedding that Cousin ‘O Love and I attended last evening in Baltimore. (You might need to know that COL and I are double cousins in that her dad and mine were brothers and her mom and mine are sisters so, like siblings, we have the same family on both sides.)
My cousin Janet’s (on my father’s side) son Matt got married yesterday and Mary and I went to the wedding (in place of our respective mothers). We attended the shower back in August and the bride to be (Christina) was such a sweet girl (and cute cute cute as a button) that we figured the wedding was going to be a blast. So, when the mothers got invited, we again went in their stead and it was, as we suspected, big fun.
We don’t see this side of the family nearly as much as we do the mom’s side but it is always nice to be in their company. My cousins Fran, Cathy and Janet always have been way cool to be around and now their kids are all grown and have families of their own. The neatest thing is to see their relationships with their kids. They are all so close to them and it seems to me that the kids genuinely enjoy being with their parents. Not only were Fran and Janet out there dancing up a storm but their kids were dancing with them and I couldn’t help but think how cool that was to be out on the dance floor with your mom. In fact, Fran’s 12 year old granddaugher Arianna was out there dancing too and I remarked to Mary how totally bizarre to imagine us on a dance floor with our grandmother (especially since Grandma shuffled off this mortal coil almost 2 years ago!)
But I digress from the wedding itself. The reception was held at Westminster Hall in Baltimore City and is the burial ground for Edgar Allan Poe. The place was LOVELY. I cannot say that enough. Heck, made me want to get married again just to have my reception there!! It was beautifully planned and executed and really infused with alot of love from both sides of their family. Christina is (I think) an only child and she danced with her dad to “My Girl” by the Tempations and it just brought tears to my eyes (or was it the wine?) to watch how close they were. Janet danced with her son to “In the arms of the angels” by Sarah McLaughlan and it was a sweet moment to take in. I was both in awe of their closeness and a bit envious too. Mostly in awe, I think. And it made me wish for a child who would one day feel that way about me too. (Fortunately, I have the Goddaughter ‘O Love and she gets out on the dance floor with me and thinks I’m pretty cool and that is awesome in itself.)
Speaking of dancing, Arianna (Fran’s 12 year old granddaughter) is a really interesting young lady. She was up on the balcony just dancing her heart out, all in her own little world. To be able to march to your own drum (and at 12 yet) is so wild. I really give her props for that. You go, girl!
Anyway, Christina has so much poise at such a young age … she’s really something special, that much is so clear to see. (and why I long to be 23 again) I am glad she is part of my (extended) family. (Their wedding photos will be online around December 15 so I will post something here for you all to see. The internet rocks, you know!)
BTW, Thanksgiving was nice and very non-stressful thanks to the Cousin and Goddaughter ‘O Love (GOL). Lots of yummy eats (and I do make kick ass mashed potatoes, if I do say so myself) and nice company. Caps game with GOL and Husband ‘O Love on Friday. Good game, Caps lost (so what else is new, hey?) but we had fun.
Horrorscope for today sez:
Things don’t work out exactly as you thought they would, but every cloud has its silver lining. If you lose something, expect to find an exact duplicate, and if you miss the bus, another one will be along in a minute or two. Everything is about balance in your life right now, and if you can manage to be patient, you will get everything you want and need in due time. Quickness is overrated, because when you spend your whole day rushing around trying to get everything done, you miss out on the small yet beautiful details.
Oh, and did you know that empty closets can be used for a myriad of things?