by Kimberly A. Cook (Twitter@ WarriorTales)
Attended a beautiful wedding last Saturday. This one was a new experience for me since this time I was a guest. The five weddings before I was either Maid of Honor or the aunt of the bride, so I was always “work’in.” I’ve found my military training helps with surviving national writing conferences and being part of a bridal party.
One of the great things about being a guest is listening to all the stories. For a writer, just observing all the dynamics playing out are also fun. I knew about four people at the event, all in the wedding party, so I was on my own.
Three wonderful long-time friends of the bride adopted me for dinner and we had a great chat. One is a new friend who I will explore more about her Army father being at Pearl Harbor during the bombings. Vet stories are everywhere!
The bride was gorgeous, the groom handsome and family and friends were so happy to celebrate their union. As usual I shed happy tears during the ceremony. I find when I’m not in the bridal party the waterworks start easily. Over the years I’ve perfected the silent cry for these occasions so besides screwing up my makeup, it’s all good.
These important personal events reflect our past, present and future lives coming together with those we love and cherish. There are always a few characters and crazy relatives we all have or it wouldn’t be a wedding. This ceremony was beautiful and celebrated with much love by all involved. A truly happy ever after complete with toasts, love and break dancing. I kid you not.
So the next time you attend a special event as a guest, put on your writer hat and see it for what it really is; an important story in your life.