September 4, 2001 Uncle Milton’s Wedding
My Uncle Milton is my mom’s youngest brother. He is a very successful CPA, and has a beautiful home on St. Louis Heights. He always drove a nice car, and gave us graduation presents so generous that we called them “Uncle Milton’s Scholarship” . And, until Sunday, he was a bachelor.
Uncle Milton’s wedding on Sunday was absolutely beautiful. In the past two years, I have gone to over twenty weddings, but this one was one of the best. I can’t really put my finger on why, though…
I mean, it was just like any other wedding in many respects – there was a matron of honor and a best man, a wedding cake, and a receiving line. The bride’s father walked his daughter down the aisle, to her soon-to-be husband. There was glass clinking and a bouquet presentation.
On the other hand, there was no garter belt toss or cake cutting. There was no first dance or head table. But it didn’t seem to make a big difference. It was something else…
I think that “something else” was maturity. Uncle Milton and his bride are in their 40’s, and this is the first wedding for both of them. So their wedding program and guest list were filled with only their dearest friends, colleagues, and family members. Every person in attendance had a strong relationship to the couple.
Instead of the “traditional” program components, there were a lot of “speeches” . There was the woman who spoke about Uncle Milton’s integrity, personality, and charm. She was his secretary for his entire career at his current job – over 18 years. There was the man who talked about meeting the couple just two years ago, but couldn’t help but develop such a close relationship to them. He was the contractor who built their home. There was the lady who told the story of how the couple met. She was the matron of honor, and best friend of the bride. Then there were the newlyweds. When they spoke, saying their thank yous, and talking about each other, the sincerity was so powerful.
I guess I can’t really understand what made their wedding so wonderful because I haven’t had the life experiences that they did. But I don’t think that really matters, anyway. Uncle Milton has a beautiful wife, and I couldn’t be happier for both of them.
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #87（スーザン先生の英語講座）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
“May I have a room with a separate line for my modem connection?”
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|