Yesterday my little brother got married, and I was the best man in the ceremony.
It was wonderful.
I'm going to keep the details private, because sharing with the entire internet the particulars of a very special family event is just weird.
However, I will say: I have always felt that weddings should reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. Weddings shouldn't be about forcing the couple into anyone's particular mold or any one person's *cough*grandma*cough*'s idea of what a wedding should be. I just hate it that people feel like they must conform to certain ideals, and I was thrilled that Jeremy and Jenn did their wedding their way. It was very unconventional, fun, touching, and memorable.
One really cool thing they did was to welcome to the ceremony people who couldn't be there, whether they were living or dead, by ringing a bell. Jeremy rang the bell, and welcomed, among other people, my Aunt Val. It breaks my heart that Aunt Val didn't get to be there in person to see Jeremy and Jenn get married; she always called him "my little boy," and I know that they each kept large areas of their hearts reserved for each other. I was really glad that she was able to attend in spirit, and I thought that the ringing of the bell was beautiful.
The next time we have an important family gathering, I'm going to ring a bell, and invite Aunt Val to join us.
At the reception I saw lots of people who I don't see very often, and many of them told me that they've been reading my website...which immediately made me feel weird. It's easier to write what's on my mind when I don't think about the people reading it, especially people I know. When I wrote the story about 4th of July recently, my dad told me that he sent it to everyone in the family who was there, and how they remembered it and all that...it's just strange. Even writing this paragraph now I have had to resist the urge to delete it.
Well, tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 30. Then Wednesday is Ryan's birthday. He turns 13. Holy. Crap.
I have already gotten some AMAZINGLY COOL Birthday presents, but they get their own entry in a few days.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Now go outside!