Weddings (of course)

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I’m kind of confused by both the obsession and the antipathy regarding the royal wedding. It’s just all so extreme… I guess when it comes down to it, I don’t really get celebrity culture. I understand that people identify with celebrities (Kate’s  a commoner which makes the story even better), but I don’t understand the wearing replicas of her engagement dress and engagement ring version of identification. Ah well — I’m sure I’m the one who’s missing out 🙂

I do get the support for this particular couple, though, which reminds me of the US rooting for JFK Jr. as he was growing up and the collective mourning of his death. Everyone remembers the young princes at their mother’s funeral after her horrific and untimely death. And now the elder prince has grown up and is getting married. It’s the happy ending everyone wants to a tragic story, although hopefully for the couple it’s a happy beginning. And I do get the roots of all of the distaste — too much coverage, problems with the whole idea of monarchy, etc. — but when it comes down to it, this is the wedding between a young couple who’ve known each other for a while and had a couple of rocky moments but made it through and are promising to keep trying to make it through. The pressures of public demands can’t be easy, or even comprehensible, but hopefully it pulls them closer rather than pushing them apart.

Andrew and my 7th wedding anniversary was about a week and a half ago. We had our own fairy tale wedding.

(I love how the first thing he did was lose the tuxedo jacket!)

And we also had our royal dog, now known as Mari, Queen of the Fells:

(I love the paw extension — looks like she’s asking for a kiss instead of trying to escape.)

Still hoping for a happy ending to that story, although it’s been a very long time.

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