Susan and I were married on Saturday, September 22. It was a day that we had waited for and worked towards with great anticipation, sometimes with little patience. We have been very appreciative of the support we’ve gotten from our family and friends.
I was going to say something here about the road being long, but the destination being worth it. But really, we haven’t reached our destination yet. Susan and I are just starting a new journey. And as the old Chinese proverb says, “The journey is the reward.” We will set and reach many goals, but the journey always continues. It is the things we pass along the way to those goals that create the experiences that make life full.
Sorry about the philosphical diversion there — life-shaping events tend to do that to me. Anyhow, we are very happy about our wedding, and we’re both glad that we were able to do it with the Scottish theme. I’m sure it’s an experience that everyone who attended will remember for years to come. I might have to learn to play the bagpipes myself one of these days 🙂
The people of our nation are slowly trying to return to some semblance of normalcy. Obviously, though, things will never quite be the same as they were before the attack which occurred a week ago. This was literally a world-changing event, one which will define the beginning of a new era for the global psyche.
We almost feel guilty for having a wedding so soon after such a great tragedy. Sometimes we think about the people who won’t get to have their weddings. But it’s part of the healing process. In our small, insignificant way, we’re showing the terrorists that they might be able to make us pause, but they can’t stop us. Life goes on. And we’re contributing to the healing process. We and our guests will have some time to get outside of the Real World for just a little while. We will have some time where all we talk about is dresses, tuxedos, kilts, bagpipes, flowers, food, beer, wine, kids, and all the other good things in life. I, for one, am looking very much forward to it.
I don’t know if it’s possible to express the soul-wrenching horror that I feel over the events that have occurred this morning — both towers of the World Trade Center down, attacks at the Pentagon and State Department, and a plane down near Pittsburg. And we don’t yet know if there is more to come.
Thankfully, my aunt and her family who live in NYC were upstate at the time of the attacks. My stepfather is in Boston. Most likely, the disruption to airline schedules will cause him to miss my wedding.
There is no reliable estimate of casualties yet, but any is too many.