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Monday, October 18, 2010

Smile! OK, see everyone in, say 65 years?

One of my favorite reads recently posted the last in a series of posts containing fascinating wedding tips.

Yes.  I you read that correctly.  I actually used the words 'fascinating' and 'wedding tips' together in a grammatically correct sentence where absolutely no mocking was implied.

Hey, if I managd to read through all of Mighty Girl's wedding tips, they hadto be fascinating, since Zahava can attest that during our engagement (in the late Cretaceous era) I once asked her, "Um, what do you want me to wear, and should I show up milchig or fleishig?". *

That said, the first item in Maggie's latest list of tips to the would-be bride and groom for their big day is maybe only fascinating to those with a darker sense of humor:

"Take a group photo. Nearly all the people you love are here, in one place. This isn’t likely to happen again until your funeral."

Ouch.  Talk about your buzz kill.

[~shudder~]

* Observant Jews wait several hours between consuming meat and milk products, so it is often necessary to plan ahead.  For instance, one wouldn't want to show up for a festive dairy meal at, say, one's own wedding... only to not be able to partake due to having recently eaten meat.

It turns out I shouldn't have been concerned about this since we didn't get to eat at our wedding.  My grandmother (A"H) snuck her dog into the reception in her purse and fed our meals to it.  You can't make this stuff up. 

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Orthodox Jews generally fast on their wedding day, so it'd be kind of difficult "to show up for a festive dairy meal at, say, one's own wedding... only to not be able to partake due to having recently eaten meat."

Posted by: Nachum | Oct 18, 2010 3:39:12 PM

Nachum... First of all, fasting on the wedding day is a custom which is not universally observed. Second, even among those who observe this custom, there are many reasons why one might be exempt from fasting... and third, when someone tries to come up with a technical reason why the mechanics of a joke don't perfectly work, it's kind of a stick in the mud. I'm just saying.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Oct 18, 2010 3:47:38 PM

We just transferred our wedding video (from almost 30 years ago) from a VHF to a DVD. It was unnerving to realize how many of the people in the video are in the World of Truth.

Posted by: MoC | Oct 18, 2010 3:58:28 PM

MoC- I understand. The last of my unmarried siblings is in the midst of planning her wedding. Last week my mother borrowed my wedding video and figured out that vast numbers of guests are no longer standing upright. It is a bit surreal.

Posted by: Jack | Oct 18, 2010 4:16:42 PM

Nachum....in other words, Don't ruin a good joke with facts!

Posted by: Shmiel | Oct 18, 2010 10:23:10 PM

"Take a group photo. Nearly all the people you love are here, in one place. This isn’t likely to happen again until your funeral."

When we look at our wedding album (rarely, very rarely), we point to this person and that person who have passed away. When we look at my parents wedding album (also rarely), we point to this table and that table that contains people that have all passed away.

Posted by: Mark | Oct 19, 2010 6:05:29 AM

Well, I did write "generally"...but it was meant as a joke? I thought it was serious advice...oh, I see! Huh. Who's red-faced now?

Posted by: Nachum | Oct 19, 2010 10:32:45 AM

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