On Friday night, I will be performing a wedding ceremony for a delightful young couple. This is the easiest couple that I’ve ever worked with in wedding planning (though no one has been particularly difficult). I don’t know whether or not the ease has anything to do with the fact that this is the first couple I’ve ever married where my relationship with the groom included changing his diapers.
Our kids and I had a deal. I would not do their wedding ceremonies. Why?
I’ve choked up a bit at every wedding ceremony I’ve performed. I choke up watching Hallmark commercials. If there are good enough stories, I choke up watching McDonalds commercials.
So when it came to doing weddings for Andrew and for Hope, we just agreed that there was no way. And then Andrew and Allie came and asked. It’s outdoors. The two of them are not together connected at a church in town. “But I cry,” I said. “So does my dad,” Allie said.
So Friday night at Lakeside Park, I’ll be performing the peculiar speech act that will make Andrew and Allie AndrewandAllie. Jim (Allie’s dad) and I will look at each other, sniffle, and then I’ll get this couple onto the next part of life.
Between now and then, I have a lot of writing. I’ll be doing all the conversations that are part of my day job. I’ll be doing 300 words. I’ll start teaching an online course in Church Administration (my first time teaching in that format and my first college level teaching in nearly 15 years). I’ll be leading a study of the book of Jude I’m doing. I’ll be finishing the wedding ceremony and reading it over and over so that there are no emotional surprises in it for me. I’ll try to get a Google apps conversion done. I’ll be cleaning and fixing. And I’ll be spending some time thinking about all the things that I wish I had said or done over the last 23 years.
I know that you aren’t supposed to tell people when you are taking a blogging break. Somehow, I don’t quite know how to do things that I’m supposed to do or not do. For now, I had to give myself permission to be quiet in a place or two.
I’ll be back here in a couple weeks I’m guessing.
Thanks for your support.