I mentioned that most of the credit for the wedding goes to the moms and the kids. A lot of that should rest on the shoulders of the bride and groom. They planned the whole she-bang (with some guidance from the parents of the bride). They did the research on caterers, DJs, photographers, florists, cake places, decorators. I dimly recall all the hoopla around our small wedding over "ahem" 32 years ago. Of course, the groom (I) was in Army training at Fort Knox at the time, so my input was fairly minimal. Still, the kids put this whole thing together down to the minor details. Decorations, floral arrangements, floating candles on the staircase, hors d'oeuvres, candy on the tables, sign in book, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, dance selections, gifts for the parents, best man, maid of honor, ushers. They handled it all with style and class. Definitely a top notch operation. For example my son got me a crystal beer mug engraved with Father of the Groom. He even commented that one should never give a mug without something to fill it and he produced a limted edition of our local brewer's recent brew - St Arnolds Divine Reserve #12. I've been looking for a few rare bottles since it came out two weeks ago and he was able to fill the bill. I gotta admit I was floored.
But enough about me and the wedding. The kids are living it up over in Sweden. When we flew over to Germany back in the 80s, the only means of communication we had was the German phone system to call home to let everyone know how we were doing (expensive and not as convenient). Sometimes it took days to update people of your whereabouts/status. Nowadays, we can track flights on line to see when planes take off and land and where people are. You can call friends and family back home, you can text a message to everyone back home, you can update your blog from your smart phone while touring castles and various sites. My son called us from a train via Skype on the way to their hotel to let us know they made it safely. He is even posting updates to his Facebook page of their journey.
And this morning's update from Stockholm:
|Every hotel in Sweden is required to own at least one piece of Ikea furniture.|