To all you wonderful people:
You know, I really think this means more to Paul and Liqa than it does to me; but today is the day I’m finally able to get out of the house and over to our church — Sacred Heart in Lexington. I’ll be joining the real world for an actual real life function. I’ll get to wear a nice dress, and shoes, and jewelry. I’ll be ‘seen’ by folks I haven’t seen in months. When was the last time I managed to get to church?? I’m going to have to leave that question to the experts; but it’s been a long, long time since I could manage the trek easily. I’ve essentially been homebound for more than a month, but nothing in the world could keep me from this. This afternoon, I (along with a throng of happy well-wishers) get to witness the union of our dear fried and fellow parishioner Thomas Clouqueur and his lucky, lucky bride Marie.
Please understand, for several years Paul and I were vying with another couple from our parish to get Thomas to agree to be his “American parents”. Thomas is French, so his “real” parents live in far-away Paris. Poor boy! Now, Thomas has never indicated to anyone that he actually needs American parents; but we figured this was our best shot at getting ourselves a son. A son we wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of raising.
We tried so hard to woo Thomas — gifts, dinners, holiday celebrations — we even pretended to laugh at his jokes. Alas, we were outfoxed by those wily Binghams (some people are soooooo competitive! Sheesh!!)
Now that Thomas has found the marvelous Marie, Thomas needs us less than ever; but they’ve been kind enough to invite us to their big day and, believe me, it will be a big day for me as well.
It’s going to be an accomplishment – not just for me, but for Liqa and Paul — to be able to participate in their joy and love, and to socialize with so many of the friends we love. I am so grateful for Thomas and for all the wonderful things he’s done for our parish, our community, the world in general. He was the organizer and leader of youth Mass choir, where Liqa shined as a vocalist (the Binghams hold that their daughter Lucy was the best youth vocalist; but really, why would you take their word for it?)
It’s just another wedding. It shouldn’t be a big deal to anyone outside the bridal couple’s circle; but it’s a big, big deal for me. I’m grateful to be able to participate. I’m grateful for the chance to party one more time.
Love to you all,