Saturday, October 13, 2007

Best of Friends tie the knot

The wedding I attending this afternoon at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT was supposed to be outdoors, but the cool, brisk breeze forced the ceremony inside the barn. We were all glad, you can be sure of that, even though it was quite beautiful outside. None of us were wanting to sit for 45 minutes in the 50ish coolness of a late afternoon.

Once again, I found a few of my worlds colliding. My high school years, my college and early work years, and the mid years of my teaching tenure at my current school...all colliding in one space. It's a weird feeling to look around you and have different facets of your life flash before you...

And yet it was so much fun! More than a dozen former students were involved one way or another with the wedding, and at least four former colleagues were there to enjoy it all. My sister and three others provided the music for the ceremony, and instead of lighting the unity candle, the couple washed each other's feet. I thought that was such a special, meaningful thing for them to do. The tenderness of that act was so right.

These two have been friends since they were in grade school together, although they didn't start dating until after college. They always sat together in my classroom, I remember. You just never know where a friendship will take you!

I left sometime after 8, but the younger crowd was still going strong. Used to be I could keep up with the best of them. Not so true now! None the less, it was a beautiful day. I must say I enjoyed it enormously...

4 comments:

Inland Empire Girl said...

I love times when there are lots of connections. I would also love to be able to attend a wedding of students. It hasn't happened yet.

Rondi said...

IEG: Yes, it was great fun to spend time with all the "kids" again. You have a longer time to wait than I do, of course, because teach them younger. At first it made me feel quite old, but now I embrace the opportunity to catch up =)

La Tea Dah said...

What a lovely story --- and a beautiful wedding. I have the chills all over. . .

:) LaTeaDah

Heidi said...

Oh my! When I first started reading the blog, I didn't realize that I would know the couple who got married. What a surprise to scroll down and see Brad and Stephanie's picture! I had no idea...