At the launching of my “turning 60 blog year” last August, three big highlights lay ahead: the ongoing publication process of my first book, the birth of my first grandchild, and September 2020 wedding preparations for my daughter. I’ve covered one and two, but COVID-19 wreaked havoc with #3.
After months of anxious hoping and a few tears, Tessa and Chris made the decision to postpone their festivities for a year. Their marriage will still take place on Sutton Island this September, but instead of 140 partygoers, we will be fifteen family members.
Two things arose from this decision: first, enormous relief; second, surprising joy and excitement in anticipation of a unique, intimate celebration. The obvious recognition that our family’s pandemic fallout is nothing to the global population’s suffering leaves us humbled, grateful, and determined to act responsibly, to appreciate our health and good fortune.
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. This feels like growth. What an excellent way to launch a marriage.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 320: 163 words, TOTAL = 52,203; 7,797 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.