Tuesday, December 2, 2014

all you need is love

The times they are a-changin'

Love has been in the air this past year in our extended family (cousins, nieces, nephews). Proposals, engagements, marriages, weddings… not necessarily in that order.

Fifty years ago the norm was to go steady, date for a long time, get engaged, get married, then live together.

The rules shifted a bit after the freedom movement of the 60s - the living together part came before the marrying part. The phrases and jokes about trying on shoes and why buy the cow…

Over the past few years there has been another shift in the order of things. Even in our own extended family, we have folks getting married at the courthouse, then planning a wedding ceremony 'down the road.'  No, not literally, but waiting for a spell. Maybe they want to give it a test run before spending all that money on a wedding?  And talk about times a-changin', we will even have an all-girl wedding soon. Not that there is anything wrong with that, :). All you need is love!

It is fun to watch all the hoopla from a distance. Just this year there has been 1 traditional wedding ceremony, 2 courthouse marriages, 1 proposal party, with 3 more weddings planned in the future. Wow! Love is in the air, or maybe it's in the water.

mountain stream marriage proposal sign

come mothers and fathers
throughout the land
and don't criticize
what you can't understand
your sons and your daughters
are beyond your command
your old road is
rapidly agin'
please get out of the new one
if you can't lend your hand
for the times they are a-changin'
~Bob Dylan

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