Archive for November 9, 2009

I Should Have Seen That Coming

There are some things you come to expect in life. Your senior year in high school, you expect to have a major case of Senioritis and long for the future days of college. During the months of October – January you can expect to put on a few pounds and have severe Starbucks cravings on a daily basis. When you go into Sam’s, you can expect to spend at least $60 even if you’re only stopping in for one item.

When you go into Hobby Lobby on November 6, you can expect it to look like a winter wonderland and have a deep desire to put your Christmas tree up and hang your stockings by the chimney with care. Deep, deep desire. I happened to stop in to Hobby Lobby on Friday after work. I did my best to avoid the Christmas section, which was difficult because that only left about 3% of the store to wander through. But I did allow myself to walk down the gift wrap aisle and I was this close to rolling around in the tissue paper, wrapping myself in thick, wire-edged ribbon, and hugging the beautiful rolls of wrapping paper. I have a thing for beautifully wrapped gifts. I don’t know where it came from but it’s something that I truly love. It’s one of the reasons that a goal on my 101 in 1001 is to have all of my Christmas shopping done by December 10th. It’s like the wrapped gifts to sit under my tree for a while.

But that’s not the point of today’s post. I have a point, albeit small. But a point still.

What do you expect when you go to a wedding? I’d say that it depends on your age and life stage.

As a little girl you can expect to look at the bride as if she were a princess. She’s wearing this big beautiful white dress. Her hair is flawless. Her face looks perfect. She’s smiling and glowing and she appears to be the happiest person in the world. She probably is, it’s her wedding day after all. But to a little girl, the bride is an idol.

As a preteen you can expect to envision yourself as the bride. Whatever crush you have at the time is the groom. You see yourself in that dress, standing in front of that church, surrounded by those people. You dream about how perfect your life will be. You’re filled with butterflies.

As a young woman in her late teens or early twenties you can expect a bit more. You can probably expect a small bit of jealousy. You can often expect some joyful tears. You can expect to take notice of every detail and add it to your mental “wedding day loves and hates” list. No flower, food, color, chair, or dress goes unnoticed. You can expect to dream about your wedding day with the man you are in love with, or possibly even a faceless groom. But you can definitely expect to desire a wedding.

I went to a wedding on Saturday. A dear friend of mine got married and it was a beautiful night. I won’t go into too much detail because not everyone wants their life’s details floating around on the internet and I’m not sure where the couple stands on this. I’m also not going to tell you the city, location, or other details because of this…

When you are married and attend weddings you can expect one of two things. First, you can expect to remember your own wedding, fall more in love with your husband, and relive the emotions you felt on your wedding day. OR, you could fall in love with the flower girl. (I’m not going to show you her face because she is someone’s child… and that someone may not want their precious girl on the internet!)

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You could see an intoxicating little blonde girl with a tiny white dress and baby-fine curls. You could see her jumping up and down on the dance floor for hours. You could see her look at the bride as if she were seeing an angel. Her smile could make you melt and make you tell your husband over and over, “I want her. Let’s take her!”

When you are married and attend a wedding you can often expect to get severe baby fever. I totally didn’t see that one coming!

I guess I’d be in trouble if I didn’t post at least one photo of Stephen and I from the wedding. Well here’s one of him trying to smile.

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Creepy? A little bit. His smile has gotten better. Practice makes perfect.

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