Monday, June 15, 2020

I Attended A Wedding During The Pandemic

This weekend, I had the honor of being part of a wedding ceremony for a close friend of mine whom I went to high school and college with. Due to the restrictions on government services brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's apparently very difficult to get a marriage license in any of the larger Illinois counties. So, the bride and groom opted to get a license in Macoupin County and, the next thing you know, my girlfriend and I are wending our way through the back-roads of Illinois to get to Sunset Lake in Girard, a town of about 2,000 people. We spent the day boating on the lake, cooking out, chasing the dogs  around and just generally having some wholesome, mask-less fun, which is a rare thing for all of us these days.

At Sunset, the small gathering of family and friends congregated at the dock and the ceremony began. It was short and sweet and began with a benediction from myself. Once the bride and groom were officially presented and congratulations were received, my girlfriend and I went off to meet the happy couple in Springfield for dinner and drinks at Obed and Isaac's. It was nice to get out to a "normal" dinner experience amid the current climate. After dinner, we walked down a few blocks and checked in to our rooms at the Inn At 835. My girlfriend and I had a room next to the bride and groom's and we shared a balcony which allowed the four of us to relax and have a few drinks while we mulled over the events of the day.  

It has been a crazy year so far, and it's only half over. We've been through an impeachment trial, Australian brush fires, Brexit, a pandemic, mass protests and riots. Our very way of life has been challenged in so many ways and there is a myriad of different opinions on how to handle those changes. And those opinions tend to boil down to right or left, Republican or Democrat, Trump supporter or rational human being. Whatever side you're on of the National debate, I think we can all agree that, when the chips are down, we all side with love. And I was happy to be a part of one couple's love story this weekend. 

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