If I’ve been uncommunicative lately (and I have), it’s probably because of the chaos surrounding my sister’s wedding on June 8. Not bad chaos, mind you; just the normal level of craziness you’d expect for an event like this. Well, your expectations may be different from mine. My family, particularly on my mother’s side, is extensive (25 cousins, last time I checked) but mostly well-behaved. Thus, the logistics are daunting, but we don’t tend to see lots of drunkenness or brawling.
Actually, the wedding and reception went off without anything important going wrong. (I almost had a heart attack after I took my seat near the front of the church and the procession began, and I realized that the reading I needed was in the back of the church, where I had put it while I was doing my job as usher, but the church is small and I was able to walk to the back and then back to the front when my time came without causing too much distraction. Phew.)
Some of those who had driven in from St Louis decided to spend some time at the Jersey shore as long as they had come this far. We had explained that early June is not prime beach season, but they figured they might as well stop by as long as they were in the area. Figuring that we could use some relaxation as well, my parents and I decided to join them. (We quickly learned that vacationing in a group of twenty, most of whom are relatives, pre-adolescent, or both, is not the most relaxing thing to do.)
The highlight of the trip for me, strangely enough, may be our visit to the boardwalk. I haven’t enjoyed boardwalks or carnivals much for a long time, since I don’t especially like rides, carnival games, or the souvenirs in the concession stands, but going with young children puts a different spin on things. I also got a chance to play skee-ball and then donate the points I had won to someone young enough to appreciate the crap you can get for less than a couple thousand points.
There’s pictures, of course, and at least some of them will be available on-line in the near future. Check back in the coming weeks if you’re curious. #