“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
But as fate would have it, right as they started thinking about weddings, more life changing circumstances arose. Oh yes, you guessed it …
Maybe this wasn’t the ideal picture-book relationship and sequence of events, maybe with more time they could have planned the wedding of a century fit for two soaring celebrities. Maybe with a little more time and structure the bride’s conservative family wouldn’t have been so put off by the news. But then again, all of the groom’s family came and let me tell you, our family was sizable by now. Everett made Blaine his best man, and Declan was more than fine with his role as groomsman, next to the boys’ father Brendan, all well aware that this may well be the last family wedding Blaine and I get to attend, might as well do so in a role of honor. We were both in our 80s now and time, as they say, waits for no-one. Neither does death.
For the same reason I was the matron of honor to Maeve. She cried when she couldn’t figure out what style gown she wanted, and I offered her my old one, since Rory had not needed it and Claire eloped both times. Collin had to use the Cunningham heirloom gown. Now even the Cameron heirloom gown had been handed down to another generation. Natalie and Rory made up the rest of the bridal party. The rest of our extensive family barely managed to squeeze onto the small dock style wedding lot, set over the turquoise blue ocean, as the sun began to set as the new couple said their “I dos”. In literally the very same spot in which Brendan and Natalie had said their vows all those years ago, then too with Blaine as Brendan’s best man. So to them, this was another quiet nod and great honor.
We all left the next day since most of us had jobs to get to, but the bridal couple spent a week honeymooning in Sulani, just enjoying the unexpected, somewhat sudden, but definitely not unwelcome change in their plans.
And with a little luck, time and fate allowing, Blaine and I would get to see Everett’s son being born and grow into a wonderful little Cameron.