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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dean's Wedding

Last February my family and I went on a trip to Tagaytay to attend the wedding of my niece, Dean. She's the daughter of one of my cousins from my mother's side. Her mother and I practically grew up together because we were always around each other so it was only natural that when she had kids, I got to spend time with them too. I can't believe that Dean, who is also my goddaughter, is now a married woman! Time sure flies fast, doesn't it?

The wedding for me was a can't-miss event. After all, she is my goddaughter and she grew up close to my family...I think my youngest sister and Dean were also classmates way back in pre-school too. Normally I skip big events because I hate dressing up and traveling (and socializing, to be honest) but for Dean, I made an exception.

It was surreal to watch her walk down the aisle and to see her marry her now-husband. It feels just like yesterday when she was a little girl who just loved to smile and laugh with everyone when we were all together. She was just a little girl and now she's a married woman. The thought brought happy tears to my eyes, especially since she looked happy to get married. I may not be married or have kids of my own, but seeing the young ones in our family getting married makes me feel like I'm watching my own child getting married.

Dean's parents are no longer together, but it was good to see both parentals, who now have different significant others, getting along and coming together for this special occasion. Sometimes things don't work out, but it doesn't mean people can't get along. It was good to see that some do.

I don't know much about Dean's husband but he seems like a nice guy. I hope he treats my niece with as much love and care as Dean deserves. I hope that they have God at the center of their relationship and that they will be able to have a family that is full of love for each other, for others, and for God.

The wedding was not only a good day to celebrate Dean's nuptials, but it was also a good day to catch up with my cousins, who I don't get to see as often as I used to. When we were children up to our teens, almost all of us spent weekends together for Sunday family gatherings and summer vacations at our grandmother's house. We still try to get together as much as we can, but with almost everyone having families of their own it's not as easy as it used to be. It was good to have time to catch up even if it was only for a few hours.

There used to be a time when weddings made me wonder if and when I will ever get married. For some reason these days, I just don't think about that. It's not that I'm disappointed about being single or that it's a thought that I'm no longer open to, I just feel like it's an idea that I feel should not affect me in any way. I am OK being single but I am equally fine if I get married, as long as it is to someone who I would really want to spend the rest of my life with. But I'm OK being where I am now. Surprisingly, I'm good.

The wedding was good -- a little bit warm considering that we were in Tagaytay, but good. Just don't expect me to attend another fancy event again soon, I think I've had my quota of socializing and dressing up for the year. This provincial introvert would much rather stay home in bed either reading a good book or watching something on Netflix.

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