This post is to tell a little about a wedding on the beach at Naples-on-the-Gulf (of Mexico) this past Saturday. About 250 people I estimated were attending, many of us alcoholics (I like the word "ex-drunks"). Polly, maker of fabulous cookies for the Thursday night "cookie meeting" and her Fiancee John (also one of "us") became man and wife
Each family, Polly's and John's were 30-40 in number were mostly from other states, some traveled from Alaska. So families counted for 70-80 witnesses. I have played (violin) at hundreds of weddings, and never have I seen one so lavishly simple, so love-loaded, so mirthfully serious, so crazily sober...and I got to be a part of all this. Whether AA, Alanon, or blood relatives joining at this celebration, it was indeed one huge, happy family affair.
When I asked Polly what kind of music she would like, her answer, "Steve, I'm putting you 'in charge' of the music, that is your job, OK?" was the answer every musician longs to hear--for weddings.
My sponsor and his sponsor were there, as well as Prayer Girl and her daughter--who is one of Polly's sponsees. Except for the groom and bride's extended families, the rest of us in the crowd have been "friends" in the programs for years.
Imagine the gratitude and love spread around the park and the beach that morning and later at the home of the groom's sponsor; horseshoes, and lots of stuff, and food catered by a homeless shelter's popular and GoooooD! catering service.
This past Saturday morning and afternoon will be joyfully relived again and again in the fondest memories of all us happy participants.
Thank you again, Dear God, for these Your gifts.