Since I happen to be on a wedding theme, I suppose I will continue with it, at least for today. So far this year, my wife and I have been to two weddings. Preceding the two weddings already attended were two bachelor parties, the only similarity between the two being large amounts of alcohol consumed. But I'm not here to talk about bachelor parties today except to highlight the extra time that accompanies being involved in weddings of friends and family. The two weddings we have been to so far have been fantastic. They were both joyous occasions filled with friends and family coming together to celebrate a new beginning for two people, marriage. It is refreshing to see marriage in its infancy, with two people deeply in love with each other and surrounded by friends and family supporting them. Plus, let's not forget the party to celebrate the new beginning. I must say, I have never been to a wedding that I did not enjoy. Before this year, however, it had been a while since I attended a wedding, at least 5 years. This year, I think I appreciate weddings more as I am less than a week away from my 7th wedding anniversary. Age also makes a difference. While the party is always a good time, I find myself looking at the whole event with greater appreciation based upon what I have in my own marriage. I have a beautiful wife who loves and supports me and looking at newlyweds, I wish and hope that they feel the same way that I do. Is marriage easy? Not all the time, but is incredibly rewarding when you put in the work and reap the benefits of a supportive and loving marriage.
Two weddings down and we still have two to go this year. We also know of one next year for a friend who was recently engaged. I am looking forward to both of the weddings that are up and coming, not so much for the party, but for the chance to gather with family and friends. That is another aspect of weddings that I think some people overlook. The chance to converse and spend time with people that you many not have seen in a while. It is a chance to renew friendships and establish closer ties with family. What could be better than that? After all, left alone without friends and family, I feel our souls wither a bit. As humans, we need the connection between each other. Some need it with more people, some need only a few close friends and family. Regardless of what we need, a marriage celebration is a chance to re-establish those connections and move forward with love and hope. So to marriages that hopefully will last a lifetime and to the connections between friends and family that are renewed and strengthened, let's raise our lunchtime sandwiches and toast them with a nice big bite.