“White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we’re on our way
We’ve only just begun…”
Robin’s daughter (who is also Gayle’s niece) is getting married today, and we’re celebrating. Even from a distance I’ve come to love Melanie and Dylan, and it’s exciting to see them begin a new life together. We have spent the week praying not only for Robin’s stamina, but also for the weather. Scattered thunderstorms are a problem for a lovely garden reception. From what I can see on weather.com’s hourly report, the rain should hold off just long enough.
We also love weddings because we’re authors. Hey, a wedding marks the ending of the Romance novel, right? Courtship drama is resolved, separate residences are done away with, and dependence on parents is over, well…or so the couple thinks. With a happy sigh and promises of Happily Ever After ringing in our ears, we devour the final page. (I probably should have ended my third Mercy’s Embrace book with the wedding. Ah well. Someday, another book?)“So much of life ahead
We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow
And yes, we’ve just begun…”
Where the Romance novel ends, Women’s Lit begins. That after-the-honeymoon stuff. The struggle between expectations and how real life plays out. Adjusting to jobs (long hours and stress) and a new residence (which might be less than ideal) and in-laws and family dynamics. Learning that oh-so-delicate dance of compromise and selflessness. In other words, the stuff of life and growth.
Here’s an article about Dylan and what the future holds for the new Mr and Mrs Thompson. A new job and a new life in the San Francisco Bay area. Exciting times, exciting challenges. They’ve only just begun.