I didn't watch the royal wedding in real time. I knew that yesterday might be a high calorie day, so I wanted to get a walk in before heading over to school for Open House.
Periodically, throughout the day, I went to my office computer to send photos of Open House to our social media person and to keep an eye on Facebook so that I could like the posts that mention Open House. I noticed how many of my friends were loving the royal wedding, and not just grad school friends, the people I'd have expected to like it.
So, after Open House, as we surfed channels in the afternoon, I urged my spouse to stop on the wedding coverage. Since there wasn't much else, he agreed. We tuned in for what I think might have been the opening hymn.
I knew that the sermon would be good, but I didn't anticipate how good it would be, even with the heads up from my Facebook friends. Even my spouse got teary-eyed.
And the music--oh my goodness, the music. I knew we'd love the gospel choir, and I suspected we would love the cello--and we did. I was surprised by the delights to be had from the High-Church Anglican traditions--oh those choirs!
And of course I loved the longer view of the cathedral--what stunning architecture that is so lacking in most U.S. church buildings.
I didn't expect to love the royal couple and the extended family. I'm not one of those Brit Lit majors who has breathlessly followed every move of the monarchy, either the current one or those in the past. But I loved the fact that Prince Harry wiped his eyes throughout the service; I love a man who understands the solemnity of the vows he's taking. And the bride was stunning.
I'm also not a high fashion person, but I love a good hat or fascinator as much as the next person. I didn't expect to be as approving of the bride's dress--but what a lovely dress! I liked that it was modest. I'm tired of form-fitting dresses of all sorts, and my disapproval of the new fashion of plunging--to the navel!--wedding dresses makes me realize that I'm too old for these times. I loved the tiara and veil.
In the morning as I watched the various posts about the wedding that I wasn't watching, I wrote this Facebook post: "It is wonderful to see my Facebook feed full of wedding pictures of the hopeful couple and great quotes from the presiding minister at that royal wedding--a nice change from anger and vitriol and heartbreak."
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