Our father had been very ill with a heart condition, and we were all concerned that he might not be around very long, so Jen and Brad decided to move their wedding up to take place before Brad was shipped out on a Navy cruise. By the time they made this decision we had less than 1 week to prepare for the big event. Our mother put together the food, rented the arbor, got the house ready for a wedding; they found a preacher and invited the guests, I prepared to play the music, and we managed to pull it all together. Of course, the stress level was pretty high - for all of us! Jen always had a penchant for drama, and preparing for the wedding proved no exception! As I recall it, the night before the wedding, she had a falling out with her best friend. I don't remember what the argument was about, but suffice it to say that on the the day of the wedding, Jen was a basket case.
She was emotional, either snapping someone's head off, or fighting back tears. Mom was afraid she wasn't going to make it through the day without doing something drastic. I should have known that Mom would know how to handle it - she always does.
As the time drew close, I went upstairs to check on Jen. She was sitting at the dressing table in Mom's bedroom, with her hair in hot rollers, looking quite calm. I was astounded at the transformation - from the frantic "Bridezilla" to this dreamy-eyed girl - what on earth had happened?
So, I asked the question - what happened to you? Her answer - "Mom gave me some of her herbal crap!" By the way, we have that on video so she can never deny it! ( I cleaned it up a little for publication!)
Wedding Day, August, 1990
It worked, we survived the wedding, her marriage is in its 22nd year, they have 3 children, our Dad was around for another 16 years, and Mom is still dispensing her "herbal crap" - I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end at Christmas time this past year! What can I say? It still works!
Love you, Sis!
20 years later, October, 2010
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