Memorable wedding

Every person’s life is worthy of a book. I hope you are writing yours, or saving and collecting the material to one day write it.

I am in the midst of mine.

For those of you who just tuned in, this is the next installment of my memoirs currently in production. The previous installments are available on my web I hope you find it interesting.

The book is titled, Live Long*,  Learn a Little, Laugh a Lot.

My first memorable event of our wedding was being late for the reception line and finding my third and fourth grade school teachers waiting for me. I remembered how many times I had seen that look before. I was about to make an excuse for being late, then I realized I had used them all in their classes. Would they believe that the dog ate our marriage license like he used to eat my homework? Probably not this time. My problem in grade school was that we lived only a block from the school. Not far enough to hurry and beat the bell. My former teachers gave me the kindly smile and sigh of resignation that had endeared them to me back then.

My communication professors in college had us ponder with furrowed brows the proposition, “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” The question is vital to the metaphysics of communication theory.

The visual equivalent to that question in Diane’s family is, “If an event takes place, and no one is there to take pictures, did it really happen?” Their decision was, “No.” They love to take pictures of events large, small and microscopic. We have been blessed by their obsession with treasured photographs and movies of their and our family.

To her older brothers, it was unthinkable that their little sister could be married without a proper pictorial record. Diane’s brother-in-law Dale came armed and determined. Compared to today’s low light, miniscule digital video cameras, photography equipment back then was one small step advanced from cave wall painting. Dale had a light bar attached to his movie camera with a brace of flood lights that lit up the room like a tanning bed…

For about 45 seconds.

Then everything went black. Dale scurried down the basement t stairs searching for the circuit breaker. The guests in the wedding line fumbled in the darkness for the next hand to shake. Finally the lights reappeared as did Dale a few minutes later. Fortunately Dale now knew where the box was so it took him fewer minutes the next times he blew the breakers. After several black outs, we got more used to it.

Not to be outdone in memorable moments, my side of the family contributed. My father’s aunt reached the top step of the porch, slumped and was helped into a bedroom near the front door where she peacefully passed away. This, the Jex branch of our family, is known for their faith, optimism, and composure in adversity. They showed it that night. They brought in the doctor, then the mortician, then carried my aunt’s last mortal remains to be prepared for her burial with the finesse of a smooth CIA operation. Most of the wedding guests were unaware of the back stage/front bedroom drama.

At my aunt’s funeral the next week her family members were profusely apologetic. I assured them that her passing added to the significance and the profundity of the occasion. We were made more grateful for marriage and families that continue beyond the grave.

In addition to their other accomplishments, the Jex family has a well developed sense of humor. So I felt safe adding. “Marriage and death are surely two of the three most important events in this life. I just wish someone in the reception line could have given birth to complete the trilogy.”

I also told them that Diane’s brothers offered their apologies that they didn’t get any film footage of their mother’s passing.

Your next installment is: Our “Lego ®” Home


Everybody I know is busy, including me.  Where are those golden years I was planning on of sitting on the back porch picking my guitar? So I will send just one little part of the book at a time. You can give it a quick read and tell me what you think if you would like.

I’ve slimmed that process down to two questions, and four strokes on the key board (six if you count “Reply” and “Send.”)

The questions are these:“A” How much did you enjoy this?“B” How much do you think a person who doesn’t know Duane Hiatt would enjoy this?
The rating is:1. Glanced at it, printed it out and lined the bottom of the bird cage with it.2. Sped-read it and filed it with my tax return receipts

3. Thought it was about as interesting as a well written obituary

4. Could have put it down, but didn’t want to

5. Couldn’t put it down. Put it in a magnetic frame and stuck it onto the fridge door

So your response would perhaps be A-4, B-3, (Or maybe A-5, B-5, I’m expecting a minimum number of those.)

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