Everyone has been listening to and despairing at the awful news from New Orleans, where it seems as if the world has toppled over the brink of some crazy abyss. This entry is not about that situation, but rather about my good friends Christopher and Darya, who are getting married in the midst of a national turmoil. I am in Seattle for the wedding, and meeting her family and renewing connections with Christopher’s. Although things are very topsy-turvy across the country right now, it’s helping everyone here to concentrate instead, if only for a little while, on two wonderful people who are getting ready to start a new life together.
By Sunday 11:00 a.m. or so, Pacific time, they will be man and wife, and we’ll toast them and make merry. On Monday we can go back to worrying and figuring out ways to help make things better in the weather-impacted South. For now, we celebrate love and family, which will sustain even in these tough times.