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A family wedding... or perfect imperfection

posted 9/2/2009 1:10:17 PM |
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  Dione

I recently returned from a family wedding in Eagle, Colorado. And even though I was looking forward to the event, I had serious reservations about attending. As with all families we have a few relatives with problems whether it's alcohol, drugs, anger issues, etc. My sister is an alcoholic and has been known to create "scenes" at the worst possible moment. Selfishly or not, I was not looking forward to the probability of having to diffuse an emotional powder keg much less deal with a drunk during a happy occasion.

Being a positive person helps in these situations, but it isn't always possible to remain in the right place all of the time. So when I left for Colorado I was apprehensive about what could happen. As it turned out, my sister was on her best behavior. My nephew was thrilled we were there to share the special day with him and his bride. The bride's family were wonderful people... friendly and down to earth. They saw to all of our needs and included us in every moment of the festivities. We all laughed, talked and got to know one another. We learned we had so much in common, our differences were intriguing and we did new things together. At the end of the conversations and experiences we shared together we all hugged, kissed and were grateful for this terrific opportunity. Our family had grown exponentially and we made new friends as well.

While in Colorado I had time to explore... the White Water National Park, Glenwood Canyon and an old mining town known as Silver Plume. I hiked along the Eagle River, wadded in shallow pools and took hundreds of photographs. All of this activity was fun and inspiring, but what I will remember most is the time shared with family and realizing we are "perfect" in our imperfection.

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Ewe_Wish

Sep 2 @ 1:16PM  
WHAT??!!??? A wedding without pigs running thru it............sure wasn't any of my relatives..........

I am glad you had a good time.........and welcome back..........
Wordsofwit

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Sep 2 @ 1:30PM  
I am glad that you were pleasantly surprised and found your new relations to gracious and wonderful.
max49

Sep 2 @ 1:38PM  
Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I have a sister-in-law that usually spoils all of our family get togethers and she does it without being drunk. She just knows how to push all those special buttons. I'm glad it turned out well for you.
somnium

Sep 2 @ 2:08PM  
Don'tcha love it when a plan comes together without any surprises?

I'm glad everything for the wedding went well for all concerned!

I hear Colorado is beautiful country out there! Maybe some day, I'll travel in that direction one day!

soft_touch938

Sep 2 @ 2:39PM  
Welcome back! I'm so glad things went well and new friends were made. Glad you gotta explore and come back refreshed. Sometimes the surprises are good surprises!
RevDocLove

Sep 2 @ 3:26PM  
I lived about 30 miles from Eagle in Glenwood Springs for a couple of years off and on back in the mid 60's..I knew the country well then..It is gorgeous
lintroller

Sep 2 @ 6:26PM  
I like this idea a lot. In addition, people who tend to be self-critical would benefit from applying this philosophy to themselves; past mistakes shouldn't consume us with regret but should live on as lessons learned as well as valuable contributors to that intangible quality we know as "perspective."

Minor imperfections, too, are always interesting to ponder. Drunken misbehavior is doubtless a nightmare to deal with at times, but it frequently takes a lot less to drive people up a wall, particularly when it comes to family. Dad slurps his cereal too loudly. Mom is a stress-case. And on and on. I guess those things fall into the category of "mishigas," a great Yiddish word to describe people's individual craziness. Idiosyncrasies always seem more endearing from afar...
sugarnspice005

Sep 2 @ 8:50PM  
Welcome back. Glad to see that all went well.
Dione

Sep 2 @ 8:51PM  
A wedding without pigs running thru it
I know, how can you have a wedding without farm animals? We did have a hog calling contest and I'm proud to say I won! Any self-respecting ga from Arkansas better know how to yell, "Soooooooooooie pig, pig, pig," if you want your family to be proud of ya—!

found your new relations to gracious and wonderful.
I was great getting to know the new branch of the family.

She just knows how to push all those special buttons.
I think we all have a family member like your sister. We just have to learn how not to let the pushed buttons have too much affect upon us.

Don'tcha love it when a plan comes together without any surprises?
Yes, I do!

Sometimes the surprises are good surprises!
It's so true... and I really appreciated this one!

I knew the country well then..It is gorgeous
It remains gorgeous country. I would love to live there at least six months of the year.

Minor imperfections, too, are always interesting to ponder.
It's these imperfections which bring about our individuality... which can drive us bonkers yet also provide food for the imagination. The experiences which come from these imperfect situations often create the best of times.

Thanks for commenting everyone. It's good to be back!
StraddleMyNose

Sep 2 @ 11:32PM  
I'm glad that it all turned out better than what you were expecting, Dione.

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