Not to me, by me!
Yes, I officially made it through my first marriage ceremony with nary a swoon, sunstroke, or slip.
I’d like to thank Sarah and Sean, the new Mr. & Mrs. Daily (see below), for the confidence in, and opportunity for, me. We were also mentioned in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/fashion/weddings/sarah-handyside-sean-daily-weddings.html?_r=1)!
It was especially fun since it all took place on the six-masted schooner Peking at the South Street Seaport (see above).
I also got to use my favorite blessings. First, from the Buddhists:
In the future, happy occasions will come as surely as the morning.
Difficult times will come as surely as the night.
When things go joyously, meditate upon them.
When things go badly, meditate upon them.
Let compassion and passion guide your life.
To say the word ‘love’ is easy.
But to accept love is to build upon patience and perseverance.
Then, from the Apaches:
Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
Nice. But, although the lovely and loving event was enriched by humor, I didn’t get to use the jokes I had uncovered…until now.
To be happy with a man, you should understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman, you should love her a lot and not try to understand her at all!
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting she won’t change, and she does.
And, finally, my favorite, also from Buddhists:
How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it.
So go forth, lovers, and boil the hell out of life!