Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Very Civilized

I’ve observed civil marriage ceremonies while on business at city hall, but the first time I attended one on purpose was last Friday. Despite, or perhaps because of, the intimate setting and informality I found the brief event to be as moving as any big church wedding. All that matters, really, was the love and commitment of the couple and the joy of family and friends who were present then and who will be present throughout their lives.

The Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages said a few words about the solemnity and importance of the ceremony we were witnessing. Vows were made, rings were exchanged, and lips were kissed (more than once). A friend brought cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.

Afterwards I marveled to the groom’s father about how simple, how stress-free, and how right everything seemed. He smiled, as did we all. A half an hour after it began, it was over.

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