I Can Hear the Bells

By Christine Pitts

I mentioned in my last post that one of my sisters is getting married. Some background information: I am number three of four girls (God bless my father). It was a year and a half ago that she became engaged to her boyfriend of five years. A year and half years of planning and preparation, and in seven days it will be a memory.

If you have ever been in a wedding you understand the amount of time and effort that goes into making this one day the best it can be for the bride and groom. This wedding will be the first that I have ever been a part of and I’ve learned a few things along this journey:

  1. No matter how much you try to prepare you will never be prepared enough. I am the most organized, planner in my family, so this really drove me up a wall. There is always something to be done. Even right up to the last second. This journey has taught me to be more flexible.
  2. There is never a good time to get married, but we make the best of it. When my sister told me the date of the wedding I went from being extremely excited for her, to scared to death for myself. I knew I was going to be in my first year of graduate school and the wedding would be taking place none other than the end of the semester. That means papers, projects, finals and now I had to fit a wedding in there? I lost my marbles. I was scared I wasn’t going to be able to handle it. Yet, here I am – six days away from the wedding and I am alive. My semester is going well, probably because I was cognizant all semester of managing my time. It wasn’t always easy and it wasn’t just me. The other people in the wedding party all had their ups and down and time constraints, but we all made it.
  3. Weddings put life in perspective, especially when it is a close family member. My sister and I grew up together. Twenty-five years I have grownup, learned, shared secrets, shared heartaches, shared life with her and she is now moving to the next milestone in her life. Life is a rollercoaster, but one of the most beautiful aspects of it is that it keeps moving. We keep growing and learning and loving – even after we have been broken. 

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