Each time I drive to or from my daughter's house I pass a shop selling wedding dresses. A flash of white catches my attention for no more than a second and causes no thought. That said, tonight I gave wedding dresses a bit of thought. I decided that they are like snow flakes, no two of which are supposed to be the same. I have the impression that every wedding dress is like every other wedding dress. Sure, I can tell the difference between strapless and sleeved, laced and solid, etc. But, like a snowflake, a wedding dress enjoys a fleeting moment...and then disappears, except in the memory of beholders, if at all.
Now, how's that for a bit of worthless insight into nothing?
It's entertaining to watch the run-up to my daughter's wedding. Various characters are acting as expected...or differently.
Growing up, my daughter was never interested in expensive fashion (fortunately for me); unlike her brother, who was always enthralled by brands. She even liked Payless shoes as a teenager! Now, she has discovered brands (fortunately for me, she has a boyfriend/future husband to support the habit) and a fashion sense. This is exacerbated by magazines with photos of weddings and bridal accessories. As I mentioned above, it is entertaining to watch and listen.
As Kipling once wrote, "the female is the most vicious of the species", which seems to raise its ugly head around weddings. Mother and daughter have never competed, but now there are rumblings of sartorial competition at the official civil ceremony, which requires a special wardrobe, and the celebration, which requires formal attire and a big, white dress. For some reason, I have this image in my mind of a referee...
Men have it easier: an old suit for the civil ceremony and a tux for the wedding. In honor of the special occasion, I have invested in a new cummerbund. It's the least I could do for my only daughter's wedding...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.