Thursday, April 9, 2009

Let's Just Get This Over And Done With

Last month started a season that comes around every so often. It brings with it new beginnings and a chance to start a new fresh part of your life. No, not Spring! Blah blah blah! Why would I blog about Spring? I'm talking about Wedding Season. I have already attended a reception, a wedding/reception, and a bridal shower so far this season. The two weeks after Valentine's Day, 5 people that I knew got engaged. Not just acquaintences, but people that I talk to on a regular basis. Now I know everything I'm about to say is going to come out sounding cynical and bitter, but I'm really not. I really am happy for my friends and family members who get married and I do want to be there as a witness of their special day, but each time the thought runs through my head, "Let's just get this over and done with already." I'm not talking about the wedding itself or even all the traditional festivities that go along with it. I'm talking about the part where people walk up to you and say things like, "You're next!", or "Sooooooo...how are things going? Anything...NEW????", or "We'll be doing this for you pretty soon.", or my favorite "I can't wait for YOU to get married." I'm not lying, it seriously makes me want to swing a shovel at their head...even if it's my closest family member. Instead I just give clipped one word answers and annoyed looks. I'm not sure if it has the same effect. But don't worry, I won't hit anyone with a shovel...they usually aren't available at weddings. Anyways, it's not that they are trying to be mean or anything. I know that. They do it out of love blah blah blah because they want me to be happy blah blah blah. So, just a word of advice for everyone, from the smug marrieds to the singletons, don't pester people about their relationship status. I mean, after I have just spilled my guts to you about how I bought a house, finished my master's degree, and took a trip to Forks, Washington, don't you think I would have mentioned my really hot super nice boyfriend if I had one? C'mon! Aaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhh!

Okay, that's all. Loveyoubye. :)

8 comments:

Alison said...

A-freakin'-MEN . . . well, not really men, men, but you know what I mean. :)

WhiteEyebrows said...

Yes, I have come to the conclusion that wedding are something you inflict on your friends and family. Who really ENJOYS going to weddings? I know I don't. In fact, it's a true test of my friend 'mettle' whether or not I will actually show up...

You are a brave and wonderful woman, and you will survive yet another marriage season.

The Patton Family said...

Not that this will make you feel better, but even once you get married, then the questions become... when are you having a baby?!?! Once you have the baby, the questioning STILL doesn't stop, because of course then there is that nagging question... when are you gonna have another one??? Then if you don't have the next child within the "mormon norms" of 2 years or less, the questioning gets more and more. And then becomes... well aren't you ever gonna give them a sister?!?! wouldn't you just LOVE to have a little girl??? Hey, maybe I like just having 2 boys!! Ever thought of that?!?! Then there is the absolute shock of when you finally decide to have another, and they will be 4 years *gasp* apart, then they wonder, why'd you wait do long?? Aren't you gonna feel bad that there is such a gap in their age???

People are dumb!

Case Closed!!!

K2 said...

I totally agree. I would love to respond this way. "I went to a funeral the other day and I was wondering when YOUR turn was coming." Then smile. I would never actually say that but I've been tempted more than once. It also irritates me when someone drags you up to the boquet toss at the reception. I refuse to do those anymore. I did it for my sisters weddings a few years ago but none since and it will be a cold day in you know where before I do it again.

Amen sista, amen.

Rhia Jean said...

Ugh! The boquet toss! I didn't even mention that...my whole family likes to make sure I'm in there because they think it will be the magic I need to get married, so I appease them and stand off to the side. It never gets thrown to the side, it always gets thrown to the back of the crowd. I've mastered the art of NOT catching the boquet. :)

Matthew Ware said...

I don't really get the 'when are you having a baby' or 'another baby', but then I don't really associate with a lot of people at church. Is that weird? I like the people, I just don't talk with many of them.

Though, my friends that are expecting their first child, and who got married before we did, said they got the 'when are you getting a baby?' a lot until they finally gave up. I told them they should say 'we actually can't have a baby, but thanks for bringing up such a painful subject'.

Maybe you could come up with a flippant non-answer for those types of situations. Like 'I'm focusing on my career'.

Emily Anne said...

I enjoy weddings because there is cake, and its usually really good cake. I don't get invited to many anymore. In college there was a run of time when I was a bridesmaid in several weddings. The worst thing you could do to your friends is ask them to be a bridesmaid and make them pay lots of money for a dress they will NEVER wear again. Not to mention the rehersal, rehersal dinner, before and after wedding pictures, etc, etc, etc. I don't ever want to do that again. As a matter of fact, I think everyone should do it my way: get sealed in the temple and NOT have bridesmaids or a big reception.

Tamara said...

All I'm saying is that you shouldn't rule out swinging a shovel, even if you have to bring it yourself. Heaven knows we've all been tempted to do it, so probably the bride and groom would understand when you level one of their nearest and dearest. Or not. But would you really feel bad even if they did mind? Isn't that a proportionate payback for inflicting their wedding on you? I say yes.