Sunday, June 28, 2009

Celebrating the Good Times

We went to a wedding yesterday.

We didn't have far to go, the church was down the road and the reception was next door, in our neighbor's backyard.

Everything about it was fun, the Mass was lovely, the party was fun, the weather (after what seems like endless rain) was gorgeous. But what really made this party special is that it was so long in coming.

When we first moved into our house we met our neighbor who was living with his elderly mother. We also met his girlfriend (who didn't live there). She told me that they'd been dating for about ten years.

We moved in almost fifteen years ago.

Yes, this was a marriage twenty-five years in the making.

All of their friends and relatives were so happy to finally be able to say they were at Lou and Kathy's wedding. (Because, quite reasonably, some of us never quite expected that day to come.)

We hung out with our other neighbors, and danced and drank (and yes, despite what one of my neighbors insisted, you can have too much Sangria). The kids ran back and forth between the food and our backyard where they ran around and played on the swing set and generally had more fun then if they'd had to keep out of the way around the grown ups.

It was a night to remember. As it should be. After all, it was twenty-five years in the making.

As an aside: Anyone else ever think it odd that an iconic song for a generation, a song that everyone knows all the words to is "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meatloaf?


PJ Hoover said...

25 years! Wow!
And I loved that song!

Christine M said...

I love that song too. Always have. It was just last night (after consuming much sangria) that I started thinking about it a little more. And you know, objectively, it's not the kind of song you would think would have that kind of impact.

Jim Danielson said...

Okay, why don't I know the song??? Maybe I just don't know the name. What year is it from?

Christine M said...

Jim, I'm sure you know the song. I'm not sure what year it's from. You can find it on YouTube though - and I'd be really surprised if you didn't recognize it. Okay - a little research and I find the song was released in 1977. It was from the album Bat out of Hell.

Bill said...

Well, I never even heard of the song. Of course, it's not an old time folk song, at least I don't think it is. Anyway, I got confused while looking at your blog, thinking it was Mom's, since I had just been on hers. I started reading the "We went to a wedding..." and I'm thinking, "Holy Cow, I don't remember any of this." The I scrolled back up and, whew, I'm ok. It was your blog and I didn't go to a wedding.