Well, here it is the sixth of July. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? It’s hard to believe history has claimed half of the year 2003 already.
A year sure goes by quickly when we’re having a good time. And I’m having a real good time this year. A highlight of the first half of 2003 came recently when I attended a wedding.
Normally, I wouldn’t call a wedding a high point of any half year. Like most guys, I generally look forward to weddings like I look forward to funerals or having a tooth drilled without anesthesia. But this wedding was really something to look forward to. It was definitely a high point of 2003 for me.
The company of special people creates a special occasion, and this was no exception to that. As a matter of fact, it was downright wonderful. I was honored to be invited, and I thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Saundra and I were invited by the parents of the bride. They are among the finest people anyone could have the pleasure to know. I suppose I should try to say something cynically witty and clever here, but it wouldn’t fit, and it wouldn’t be honest. The simple truth is that I had a real nice time with really great people at a beautiful wedding.
The wedding took place outdoors, outside the bride’s parents’ lovely Portales home. It was a beautiful setting. All who participated in the ceremony did a great job, and the weather cooperated. Everyone there made everyone else feel welcome and comfortable. The dinner and reception went perfectly. Saundra and I had a really good time and felt very privileged to attend.
Before the wedding I had never had the pleasure of meeting the groom, but he certainly seemed like a fine young man to me. I first met the bride when she was a teenager. I was her English teacher. She impressed me then as a fine student and a great kid. Now she’s through college and a fine young woman stepping into the adventure of professional challenge and personal fulfillment.
I wish her and her husband God speed and a lifetime of smiles. I wish them a journey of blessings and only enough obstacles to make the good times even better. As one of my high school teachers wrote in my year book when I graduated over 40 years ago, “Just enough thorns so the roses don’t get monotonous.”
For the first time in my life, I thoroughly enjoyed attending a wedding. Fine events are the result of fine people, and it was never truer than it was on this occasion.
How about that? No cynical remarks or corny quips this week — but I can’t promise anything about next week.
Andrea and Patrick, be happy and always remember your big day with a special smile.
Jim Lee is news director for KENW-FM radio. He also is an English instructor. He can be contacted at 359-2204. His e-mail: