Apr. 29th, 2011

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That has got to be the cutest picture ever.  I wonder who the lucky photographer was who took that?

Well, you'd have to be hiding under a rock to have missed the news that the Royal Wedding happened today.  I slept in and didn't watch it since it occurred at an ungodly hour of the morning my time. I do understand that many Brits are fed up with the vestigial monarchy and wish to see it fade away into history and can sympathize.  I watched John Oliver poking fun at the wedding hoorah last night with his interviews of disgruntled British citizens irritated at how much it was costing. I read people yapping on the yahoo message board saying things like  "I give them about a year" and other mean-spirited comments.  And yesterday I heard a very unhappy newscaster from the BBC saying that in the midst of three wars, recession, and the disaster in Japan, why were we taking so much time and spending so much money to focus on this "rather inoffensive" couple getting married?  

However, I just spent a few minutes watching highlights of the wedding on the news and I have an answer to the disgruntled among us.

Bad shit is always happening: evil, corruption, poverty, wars, and natural disasters. The Four Horsemen seem particularly busy of late.  Why can't we take a moment to celebrate love, marriage, tradition, family?  I think it is precisely because all these awful things are happening that the world so hungers for something positive, to share  a moment of beauty and hope and the potential for happily ever after.  Even if life conspires to do bad things to this beautiful young couple, and undoubtedly bad things will happen, they always do, they will have their shining moment.  And can we be blamed for wanting to share it?

And unlike the rather forced and arranged marriage of Diana and Charles (which I remember watching), William and Kate have lived together for what, 8 years?  They seem genuinely in love and I wish them nothing but the best.  

Kate's dress was to die for!  I loved it. So romantic and traditional, simple and perfect. And she seemed so charming and genuinely sweet and lovely.    Anyway, that is my pie-eyed optimist view for today.  And btw, I understand all the tourists pumped millions of pounds back into the British economy, hopefully making up for all the expense this moment of joy cost.

To all my wonderful British friends, feel free to rail if you like.  After all, it was in your backyard, not mine. LOL.


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