The Casting Dock

A whirlwind weekend…

 

What a weekend, folks!  This was one of those weekends that has been on the calendar for a while, igniting a little pop of excitement every time I walked by and instinctively calculated how many days until the festivities began.  Jerry, Jordan (Jerry’s little brother), and I traveled down to Florida to meet up with the Logan family for a wedding, and much to my delight, managed to sneak in a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well (no, we didn’t buy a wand…yes, we were tempted). So I decided in the blogging world, as mirrored in real life priorities, the wedding takes precedence and will therefore be featured first. But be patient, Potter lovers, the full synopsis will be coming later in the week.

So, the wedding. What a joyous celebration! Jerry’s childhood/high school best friend Beau got married this weekend…

…or perhaps more accurately, he and his lovely bride Emily renewed their vows; technically, their wedding occurred last October.   Beau and  Emily have a beautiful love story, the kind that doesn’t leave a dry eye in the house.  It’s not my story to tell, so I won’t get into the specifics, but I will say that they are so passionately in love and fiercely devoted to one another. It is both heart-warming and inspiring to watch.  Their first year of marriage included Beau’s first 7 month deployment to Afghanistan, an unenviable situation which Emily handled with nothing but grace, courage, and dedication. So, as you can imagine, their family and friends were beyond thrilled to be able to celebrate with them after this difficult year, to celebrate their love and their union as well as Beau’s safe return. Cheers to you, Beau and Emily!

I love getting together with Jerry’s friends from high school.  They’re a really fun bunch of people with different but very complementary personalities and a variety of talents and interests. Our time with them is ALWAYS filled with good stories and abundant laughter, the most potent combo in my book. Most of all, I love to watch Jerry with his high school friends. Two of the qualities that I love most about him are magnified whenever we are with them: his humor and his contentment just being himself. The guy is hilarious.  I know this–I married him, of course. But sometimes I forget just how funny he really is.  He tells good stories, finds creative ways to poke fun at his friends, and has enough history with these people that he has plenty of material to pull from. But most of all I love (and envy) his contentment and security in who he is.  He is the exact same person when he is with his high school friends as he is with his college friends as he is with his family as he is just with me.  I know that might not sound all that impressive (I mean, how hard is it to just be yourself??), but I find it remarkable that he doesn’t feel any need or any pressure to play to the expectations or norms of his surroundings.  He doesn’t compare himself to others; he doesn’t seek acceptance, approval, or value in others; he is just himself, and I love that.

3 comments

1 jenna { 11.15.10 at 9:26 pm }

i was waiting to hear if you had butter beer in harry potter land….who cares about the wand. i wanna hear about the butter beer.

2 Jer { 11.16.10 at 1:01 am }

I had a serious case of Crooked Bowtie going on here–why didn’t anyone come to my aid?

3 noche { 11.16.10 at 6:49 pm }

Jer…you look superb, crooked bowtie and all…which, by the way, I didn’t even notice.

Glad you all had a good time.

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