Memorial Day is done and I am back in the land of the living. It seems just right that I'm heading out, this weekend, to (of all places) Indianapolis. I'm going to attend the wedding of a friend who has seen her share of romantic ups and downs. At last she will marry the love of her life. It's a very romantic story.
It's a Catholic wedding which will be very interesting for me at least. Most of the weddings I've attended - including the weddings at which I've officiated and my own wedding - have been modern affairs designed around the preferences of the bride and groom. A Catholic wedding doesn't allow for the personalities of the couple. It is what it is. I love tradition as much as improvisation. My guess is that I'll learn a lot from attending. Fun!
I look forward to the wedding itself, to staying in a venerable hotel (though renovated and now described as a boutique hotel - interesting term), and to seeing a friend who is also coming in for the wedding, someone who moved to Texas last year. It will be good to catch up with my friend, to meet family and friends of the bride, to wander around downtown Indianapolis and - you know - take pictures.
A change of venue is refreshing and getting out of DC during the summer is crucial.
Today I'll run errands and get organized for the trip. Tomorrow I'll spend with a good friend who's visiting from Cleveland. And then I'll be outta here for a couple of days.
I love my buddies, the soldier ghosts, and I honor the living veterans of all the wars.
Good to realize how much better I've gotten about honoring the life-enhancing rites of those of us still embodied. Cheers!