DH negotiated the pass with maximum ease, the traffic was light,we made good time. We stopped in Redmond and visited with my brother Chuck for a while, then cruised on our way. It's been a few years since we've been through this way, and oh my GOSH things have changed! Redmond is not the little town I grew up in. They have built an elementary school right next to the cemetery, and I bet Dad is really ticked off at all those noisy kids disturbing his rest. All the growth and changes make me feel sort of disoriented. How could this happen when I wasn't watching? How is it that my hometown no longer matches my memories?
Then the meets and greets and hugs and rejoicing. I feel so blessed to have re-connected with my twin brother's girls! And what nice children they have produced! I love my great nieces. They ripped into their Christmas gifts and are wearing their fish hats all over!
The wedding is today. I can hardly wait. Will M. wear a calf holster under her bridesmaid dress? Will the flower girl shine in her tiny glory or go all shy on us? Something goes wrong at every wedding. What will it be for this one? (My first wedding, I had a fever of 103 for the whole ceremony and spent the honeymoon in bed with an upper respiratory infection. For my second wedding, the best man nearly cut his thumb off 2 hours before the ceremony. He arrived just in time from the emergency ward and soldiered through like a trooper.) May today's bollix be much smaller. Maybe the music won't work. Maybe the curling iron will die. Maybe someone will dress inappropriately and I can be all snarky about the nice formal sweatpants someone showed up in. It's going to be a great day!