Does everybody love a wedding?
So fraught these days. Divorce statistics. Wedding industry spend-a-thons. Marriage inequality. Let’s pause for some imaginary festivities. Because it’s June, because we can. Imagine a very young bride, doting parents, all archetypes intact.
She’ll shop for a dress with her mom, the dresses lined up and ready to rustle.
Settling on cotton, she imagines how breezes will play with her skirt.
She chooses her college chapel for the ceremony, as she doesn’t yet know much else, and is going to assume that life proceeds linearly. Perhaps it will.
Not yet having learned to value imperfection.
Maybe with the help of what the British call “fairy lights.” Such a great word.
But we, prone to deconstruction as we are, step back, and look for the over-arching principle. It’s our lovely human habit of keeping going. We connect, continue, prevail. We do so based, as often as possible, on what we call love. And on the understanding that life can be quite hard.
Time for toasts. Glasses clinked, everyone turns to you, expectantly.
What say you on this June day?
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