22 April 2006
Three Years Ago Today
Three years ago today, a small island off the western coast of Scotland was in the midst of an unseasonable dry and warm spell. The weather had been beautiful for days, and people were starting to ration water. That morning, there was a downpour that lasted nearly half an hour, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of one couple who'd come all the way from Oregon to be married in that town, on that day.
The ceremony was simple and perfect, and the photographer then whisked the couple all over town (it wasn't far) to get just the right shots. Despite the sun, there was a breeze, which sent the bride's veil flying as they stood on the bluff overlooking the merrily painted buildings on the harbor below.
And, as the ceremony had taken place at high noon, just after the photographs were complete the couple felt those familiar pangs of hunger. Thank goodness for the fish & chip shop that had just opened on the pier!
The couple waited in line with everyone else, having their picture taken by strangers as if they were a tourist attraction, and then the nice ladies gave them their lunch for free - as a wedding gift.
The couple stood on the pier with everyone else, happily munching fresh - and hot! - fish & chips, their first meal as husband and wife.
They both thought it was a wonderful way to start a day, let alone a marriage.