Belly Button Rising…
(aka Sober Summer Weddings)
The temperature is rising, the days are long, the air conditioning is on nonstop—this can only mean one thing. It’s wedding season.
As I type this I’m packing a bag for the next wedding of the summer. One of my oldest, dearest friends is tying the knot, and it’s guaranteed to be a fun party as well as an emotionally satisfying lovefest. Since I write romance novels for a living, this probably won’t come as a shock, but I’ll say it anyway—I’m a sucker for a wedding. Especially a summer wedding. My upcoming romantic comedy Love Times Two is all about a pair of twins planning for their upcoming summer double wedding. Because, really, if there’s anything I love more than a wedding, it’s a double wedding. Though I can’t say I’ve ever actually been to a double wedding, the whole idea of two couples declaring their love makes me swoon. (Note: if you happen to be hosting a double wedding and are lacking in the attendance department, I make an excellent guest. I can YMCA with the best of ’em.)
But, I digress. The thing that makes this upcoming summer wedding so incredibly unique—one that I’ll never forget—is the fact that I shall be sober. That’s right. We’re talking one hundred percent, teetotaler levels of sobriety over here. Why? I’m pregnant–my belly button is rising as quickly as the temperature, thanks to this little unborn nugget. And while I’ve been to other weddings this season, this will be the first in which I have to give a speech. A sober speech. In front of real, live people. This is an introvert writer’s worst fear. Or at least it’s this particular introvert writer’s biggest fear…after rats, obviously. And clowns–but I think that goes without saying.
The speech is written but I’m not at all sure my raging hormones will allow me to make it through without choking up, or worse, getting sidetracked by nostalgia and drowning the guests in ancient anecdotes that are far funnier to me and the bride than to anyone else. I figure my only hope is to anchor the speech with a really lovely quote. I love a good romantic quote and sometimes a brilliant writer can capture a sentiment so succinctly that there’s no temptation to start driving down memory lane. Or at least, let’s hope that’s the case for the sake of the other guests.
The quote is from Marilynne Robinson’s gorgeous book, Gilead, and I think—I hope—the imagery and metaphors lend themselves perfectly to a wedding on a beautiful summer’s eve.
“The moon looks wonderful in this warm evening light, just as a candle flame looks beautiful in the light of morning. Light within light. It seems like a metaphor for something…It seems to me to be a metaphor for the human soul, the singular light within the great general light of existence. Or it seems like poetry within language. Perhaps wisdom within experience. Or marriage within friendship and love.”
About the Author:
Maggie Dallen is a big city girl living in Montana. She writes adult and young adult romantic comedies in a range of genres. An unapologetic addict of all things romance, she loves to connect with fellow avid readers on Facebook, Twitter or at www.maggiedallen.com.
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