A Year in the Life…Part One

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

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After twelve years of check-writing to various colleges for three kids, my husband and I  just penned out the last one for our youngest! We did it! Three of them! We slap a high-five and congratulate each other!! Now it’s our time! Time to celebrate! Big night out on the town! A better-than-decent bottle of wine. We talk about maybe a new car for me; a Mercedes perhaps!!!!…
Maybe a trip to Australia with friends!

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Definitely a new roof… OH, THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES! Fast forward a day or two. The phone rings. Our daughter asks us to meet her and her boyfriend in the morning for breakfast. She needs to tell us something. Okay. We will be there, of course. Sounds important.

BIG NEWS!! They are engaged! Hugs and congratulations all around. So excited for them both! A perfect couple. My daughter is sporting a gorgeous rock and I’ve never seen her happier, and that makes me truly happy.  He’s a really great guy and as a parent you can’t ask for more.

My husband and I lock eyes for a brief moment.

In that instant we know I’ll have to wait for my new car, Australia was too long a flight anyhow, and really, who wants a new roof?! What could be more fun than planning a wedding for my ONLY daughter?!

I am giddy with excitement and immediately have my iPad out and go straight to “Wedding Ideas” on Pinterest. I finally understand all the hub-bub of Pinterest. Holy Cow. Where does one even start?

“With an engagement party,” Katie, the bride-to-be suggests.

“That’s a great idea,” I say, “Dad will BBQ and we’ll have some salad and wine and invite a bunch of our friends over,” I say enthusiastically.

“Mom,” she says in that way, “We can’t have a backyard BBQ. It has to be more formal than that.”

“Like, how formal?” I question.

“Well, like a sit-down dinner.”

“Hmm, okay. I suppose that may be more appropriate. Well, I guess we can rent some round tables and sprinkle them about the yard. Okay. That’s doable, I think.”

“Mom, we need one long table. It’s so much more intimate,” she insists.

“Really? A sit-down dinner? At one table? In our backyard? Like, how many people are you thinking, Katie?”

“Between 50 and 60,” she says. “Just our close friends.”

“In our backyard?! Really?! Me?! I can’t do that!  Am I suppose to cook? I have a hard time making dinner for six.  Are you serious?” And so here we go….the beginning of the year in the life of the Mother-of-the-Bride.

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3 Comments

  1. I like your writing style. I can’t wait to read more.

  2. Thank you, Judi!

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