The Hit of the Show

The wedding invitations were sent. Plans were finalized through the wedding-planner.

During the ceremony my fiancée and I decided to have three married members in attendance give a short talk about marriage. One was newly married, the next was married 20 years, and the third couple was married almost 63 years (62 and three quarters, actually). We told each couple to send us a copy of their talk before the wedding to make sure there were no conflicts in the talks which we were sure would be one of the hits of the show (ceremony). 

 The day of the wedding arrived. It was a beautiful day. The wedding rehearsal the day before had been a little confusing, but everything was straightened out at the end of two hours.

 More than 175 attendees struggled in to find seats before the wedding started, which was staged outside under a round tower/trellis at this first class hotel on California's west coast facing the Pacific Ocean. Fortunately everything went according to plan, even the idea of having our dog walk down the aisle carrying the wedding rings.

 We got to the portion when the married couples were going to give their little speech about marriage. The first two speeches were exactly as the copies they had sent us a few months before. The long-marriage couple, our grandparents, was changed a little, and we are going to include it in its entirety here. This is what they said:

"We were married a long time ago...exactly 63 & three quarter years, or November 6, 1949. You might ask how come so long?

"We attribute it to many things. A good heritage, good doctors, Medicare, Social Security, successful treatments, good nutrition, exercise via physical and mental routines, and a bunch of vitamins we consumed each day thrown in for good measure

"Plus a marriage philosophy that includes not too much aggravation over the little things, the ability to survive the traumas of life while keeping our "YES DEAR' outlook to make each other happy under trying circumstances...and bring when needed an occasional glass of wine.

"But most important...we are still in LOVE with each other after being married that long, and with the ability to continue to please each other no matter what.

"We wish the same to our grandson and his new partner in life. May you enjoy the same experiences we have had through the rest of your lives...and don't forget...kiss each other before going to sleep each night of your marriage.

"We wish the soon-to-be-married couple a long and happy life together.

"With a great deal of LOVE....G&G.


At the wedding reception held right after the ceremony, I saw many guests going over to my grandparents, apparently thanking them for giving their remarks.

Later on, my grandparents walked over to us at the head table and told of all the many complimentary remarks they had received from wedding guests for their dissertation on a long-married life.

It was my grandfather who surprised me. "I'll tell you, grandson, I never had such enjoyment in being part of the wedding. It was like being an actor on the stage. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I would like to go on the stage more often. I did it when I was younger, and did some acting for a local dramatic club. In fact, I played a tomato at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. It was a lot of fun."

You know what happened a few weeks later. I received a call from my grandfather who said, "Grandson, you won't believe what I did. I went to a local dramatic club call for actors and I was accepted for the grandfather's role in a play. It's like a dream come true!"



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Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. Many of the stories he has written are based on factual evidence from newspaper stories and other sources available to the public.  He uses his imagination in parts to help supply the “twist” at the end.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.


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