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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

June 30, 2006

Our Own Version of 4th of July BBQ

The wedding draws nearer. We had the rehearsal last night, followed by dinner catered by Corky's BBQ. The rehearsal went pretty well, although several of the key players were unable to attend. Still, it should be a very nice wedding.

Since Ellie is Hispanic, the ceremony will include two readings in Spanish, and two additional Hispanic traditions, the lasso (or lazo) and the arras. The lasso is the ceremonial tying together of the bride and groom to symbolize their unity. An alternative is using a double rosary, that is, a rosary with two loops to drape over the bride and groom. The arras is 13 coins (representing Jesus and the 12 apostles). The groom pours the coins into the bride's hands as a sign that he pledges to care for her and entrusts his fortune to her safekeeping. The bride accepts the coins, recognizing his pledge and pledging in turn to be frugal with all that he entrusts to her.

My brother and sister, Bill and Sara, arrived today for KenEllie's wedding. It's great to see them. We seized the opportunity, along with my niece, Kathleen, to go to The Shed in Mississippi for supper. The best BBQ ever!! Better, even, than Corky's! It was a great outing and we all had fun.

More to follow. 20 hours until the wedding!

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