Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Two Stepping Across Texas
This past weekend we made our first road trip as a family of four up to Mansfield. I hate to admit this, but our Kia Sorento is getting a little small and the thoughts of a mini van have entered into my mind. They are of course just "thoughts" until I resign any "cool" that I had left and make the purchase. This might take a while to let my pride go. (For those of you that have one, I am sure you are still cool..it is just a personal issue with me! he he!)
The reason for the trip is that my grandfather got remarried on Saturday to his two-stepping partner, Florrine. My grandmother passed away three years ago and he has been needing someone to share life with. Florrine, is a fiery red-head with lots of spunk who will for sure keep Grandad on his toes. She lost her husband ten years ago and you would have thought she was getting married for the first time. She was so giddy and as a pair they act like smitten teenagers. For their honeymoon they are going to Disney World in April. I told him it was a must that they get Mickey and Minnie Ears with their names embroidered on it. Hopefully I can get a picture of that for the blog! There have been lots of emotions trailing on this wedding as you could probably imagine, but you know...the bottom line is, life needs to be lived until the end and that does not happen in a recliner watching tv.
The wedding was quite interesting with more gray hair in the audience that I have ever seen. It must be nice at their age to attend a wedding of a friend instead of funeral. We thought it was quite amusing that the mother of the bride was walked down the aisle. Yes, Florrine's mother is 90 something and 4'4...what a sight to see. (She likens Sophia on the Golden Girls if that gives you a mental picture.) I was asked to sing "Valenine" by Martina McBride and it was for sure a different experience singing at this wedding. They walked out to the song "Two Stepping Across Texas", into their reception for more two-stepping. Otto and Hotrod did not make it (for all you Houston First people) but a similar man in the same git-up called out the dances. It was pretty fun to watch all their Tuesday night dancin' friends docey-do.
This wedding made me ask questions, "Would I remarry?", or would Jonathan and I live out our story like "The Notebook". Hmmmm....It is the one thing you never really want to talk about. Have you ever had that conversation with your spouse? This might be interesting to hear what you have to say. For us, it still remains open ended and hoping that our story will end with us sneaking in each others room at the nursing home to sleep with each other at night.
My Dad and Grandad
Jack at his Great Jack's wedding
My brother Matt, wife Jenifer and daughter Jacey. She really started walking recently and that was fun seeing the beginnings of that! Unfortunately, weddings and toddlers do not mix, so we did not get a pic of us!
Grandad Jack and Florrine
Two-Stepping with the dancing buddies. You can see Otto's twin in the back of the second pic with the red shirt.