Her reception was a dinner al fresco yesterday evening, in the garden of my daughter's antique church/wedding photography studio near Chilliwack. Guests: family, old friends (some I hadn't seen for over twenty years), new relatives, and a bouncing crop of youngsters. Dinner: herbed salmon, veggies from the garden, chicken mole and Mexican white rice, salad greens with fresh fruits and spicy dressing, pie and wild blackberries; most prepared by my new grandson-in-law, all delicious. Decor: white tablecloths under a white tent, white-draped chairs, tea-lights in white paper bags, shining glassware, brilliant dahlias from a local gardener. The usual ...
Then things got a little crazy.
The evening ended with a big, stuffed piñata for the kids, an outdoor "Photo Studio", with assorted hats and capes, Linda Ronstadt singing traditional Mexican on the IPod, laughter, everyone talking at once, coffee. I filled my car mug before we drove home, and Laurie talked to keep me awake.
I am tired. I feel old, suddenly, maybe even old enough to have a married granddaughter. Just barely, though.