The week that was...
"The Little Brother"
October 14 - October 21, 2013
Project 52 (43/52)
You know that moment when you realize you are transitioning from the the "younger generation" of a family into the "older generation"? Prime example was this weekend at my niece's wedding. The FIRST, of an onslaught of family weddings coming up...of our kids' generation. It was beautiful, despite the fact that it officially bumped me up the totem pole in elder hierarchy now that the youngin's are beginning their mass infiltration into "married-hood". Yeah, go ahead and convince me I'm getting old after I just put all those "young-ins" in place by the way I stomped out "Zombie Nation" ala Penn State style on the dance floor. Take THAT! (I would just like to say how much I LOVED when I finally took my heels off!)
Such a fun wedding, where love showed in soooo many different ways. Some deliberate, some maybe not so deliberate...
1. The Little Brother. Of the groom. Who gave a rousing speech/toast of various "how to" ideas to the bride on how to please his big brother. Chief of which was...the groom likes it on top. Complete silence in the room of 180 guests. I could almost hear the sweat beads pop out of the father-of-the bride's head. With timing worthy of a professional comic...he continued...the top bunk bed. Drum roll puhleeze.
2. The Mashed Potato Bar. LOTS of love going on there...over, and over, and over again.
3. The friend of the bride who approached me and told me "Just want to let you know, that our table of guys have you tied for the lead in the "best dressed" category". Considering my competition was a twenty-something year old...I consider that a WIN folks, now that I'm a stupid "elder"! What's NOT to love about my messenger of joy?!?!? Even if he was fibbing, I still love him for the effort. I even forced him to be included in a family photo that was taken, because I now love him like a son...can't wait to see the reactions when I send out our Christmas Card this year.
4. The Penn State "Singing Lions" and theatre peeps. My niece and her groom live in New York City and are performing artists to the core...as are their friends. Who wouldn't love a good choreographed production number spontaneously break out on the dance floor? I'm still not quite sure how that exactly happened BUT..I was up on my chair to make sure I got a good view of it. (Again..have I mentioned how much I loved when I finally took my heels off?)
5. "Zombie Nation"...don't know what THAT is? Then you aren't a Penn Stater and you'll just have to believe me when I tell you it's how we Penn Stater's show our love for our alma mater.
6. Which leads me to the fact that I LOVED how many Penn Staters there were at the wedding. And if you weren't? You sure were by the end of the evening.
7. Ice Cream Bar! Because we love having all our food groups covered at a wedding.
8. The Pastor. Who's sermon I was told was VERY funny. All the laughs were a dead give away. Apparently the Pastor and the Groom share a love of "The Big Bang Theory" and it was referenced quite frequently in the sermon. I get the feeling I would love that show...if I watched it.
9. "Dirty Dancing". NOBODY puts Baby in the corner! But, more specifically "I've Had the Time of My Life" which was the last song of the evening complete with all the guests hoisting both the bride and groom into the air to the final strains of the song...ala Jennifer Gray...except both the bride AND the groom were "Baby" in Saturday's version. I love surprise endings.
10. Love. I just kinda loved love...it was lover-ly.
So happy "married-hood" to my niece and new nephew. I love you both to
the moon Penn State, and back. Just don't expect me to act elderly, now that I'm an elder of the family...because I won't love that!
Here's where I'm linking up today ..."The Party's On"
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This week's song title is Rod Stewart's "Forever Young"