Our friend Evany married us, and this photo was taken just as she muttered something about spinning wheels and our first born child.
We got married in July, and man is it a bear to find non-trite wedding readings. This is especially true when it’s not your first marriage and there are already kids in the mix. In case you’re curious, or looking yourself, here’s what we picked.
Here by Grace Paley
Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face
how did this happen
well that’s who I wanted to be
at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under
a big skirt grandchild sliding
on off my lap a pleasant
that’s my old man across the yard
he’s talking to the meter reader
he’s telling him the world’s sad story
how electricity is oil or uranium
and so forth I tell my grandson
run over to your grandpa ask him
to sit beside me for a minute I
am suddenly exhausted by my desire
to kiss his sweet explaining lips
An excerpt from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:
“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard”
And finally, Brad is a big fan of Bob Ross and his happy little trees. We chose a bunch of his quotes together, and I arranged them into a sort of found poem. It was so simple, and true, and I ended up loving it:
Arranged quotations from Bob Ross
It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.
Just let go, and fall like a little waterfall.
That’s when you experience true joy. When you have no fear.
We’re gonna make some big decisions in our little world.
Don’t be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they just sort of make themselves.
That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world you want.
Life is too short to be alone, too precious. Share it with a friend.
It’s life. It’s interesting. It’s fun.
Let it make you happy.
If you have good suggestions for wedding readings, please fire away in comments.