Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wedding Bells Are Ringing!

My stepson is getting married, so I'm going to Texas for four days for the large formal wedding. Texas is where LoveHubbie is from. It is not my favorite place. It will be, as was the last time I was there last year for my stepdaughter's graduation, an exercise in letting go and trusting in the Universe to uphold me as I pass from one interesting situation to another. This is my reframe. It works for me.

We are hosting the rehearsal breakfast, which includes about 40 people. Yes, it is a very large wedding. And very formal...did I say that? At a country club.

We will be meeting the other parents (our new daughter-in-law's parents) for the first time, as well as her whole side of the family. Have never even spoken to any of them before. Almost all of our own relatives will be there as well, except for my favorite nephew, who currently lives in Brazil. The last time our side has been together like this was at my father's funeral two years ago. And LoveHubbie's ex-wife and her entire extended family will all be there, too. In other words, a typical 21st century Texas country club wedding.

You know me---no makeup, manicures, pedicures, let alone the waxing, the hair-do's, the eyebrow plucking or the sequins or high heels. And social niceties aren't my forte. So on I will forge, and have a great opportunity to practice authenticity, compassion, mindfulness, presence, gratitude, and much more that I'm sure I can't imagine.

I won't have Internet access as my 3-week-old baby iMac laptop is still an enigma to me and I'm not ready to take it on a trip. But I'll have my new smartphone and will be Twittering. If you're not on Twitter you can read updates on the right sidebar of my blog. I may even put some pictures there if I can figure out how.

And I'll look forward to getting caught up with each and every one of your blogs and emails when I return. I will be thinking of those of you who I know are in special situations with extra love.


laundrygirl said...

what an adventure!
Hang in there and ... breathe.

Olivia said...

Thank you, Kristine! The breathing is so important, thanks for reminding me! Love, O

groovysabrina said...

I wish you well through all the razzle-dazzle. May the weekend's pleasures surpass your expectations! Happy travels and take care.

Olivia said...

Thank you, Sabrina! Ay yie yie...I do hope so...thank you for your well wishes there. You two will be with us in spirit. xo, O

CrystalChick said...

I think you will do just fine!

The best part of being there, aside from knowing with each day is a day closer to your returning home, will be to help them celebrate. Some people want and need big events like that. Even though it's not your type of gathering, I'm sure there will be some moments that you'll really appreciate.

Have a safe trip.

Olivia said...

Yes, Mary, you're absolutely right. If I get the darn focus off of me and focus on them and everyone else, sure would be nice.

Sure sign if I'm feeling dread or anxiety that my focus is off.

Thanks so much, Mary!

It is wonderful...preparing for my trip this way with all of your support is more important than packing!



Anonymous said...

We will be thinking of you in your special situation, too!

Olivia said...

Thank you so much, Kelly. I did indeed survive, and am back :) xxx, O