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Neither Sleet Nor Snow Nor Category 4 Hurricane . . .

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

In ten days my baby girl will become a wife. The 18 months since she and her beloved became engaged has flown. And now, with less than two weeks to go, we’re updating lists and doing last minute shopping, working to make sure the event goes off without a hitch. This is a bit of an effort since the wedding is not here in Atlanta where we live, but in Miami. Thankfully, her in-laws who live in Miami were happy to help. Eldest daughter is a little type-A—wonder where she got that?—and has spreadsheeted herself to the bone keeping all the details in order and planning, planning, planning. And you know what happens when you make plans, right? The Universe throws things in the way. In this case, it’s a hurricane.

The wrong size bridesmaid dress? Okay. Broken wedding cake topper? Okay. But a category 4 hurricane? Seriously?


Buttons at his best

Okay, so I did the Mom Thing and told my girl not to worry. At least the hurricane is hitting this weekend and not next weekend. “The wedding will still go as planned,” I said. She gave me a look and replied, “Not if my whole venue gets flattened.”

Hm. Valid point.

Still, the worst that will happen is that the plans made will become just that. Plans made. As long as everyone in Miami stays safe, which is the main concern, the wedding will go on—maybe not as planned, but as may be planned alternatively. In the grand scheme of Stephanie and David’s life together, this will be one more story to tell. And really, how many couples can say they worked their nuptials around a category 4 hurricane and the Zika virus?

The irony here is that all the details she’s labored over these many months are, surprisingly, not the things that will make her wedding day memorable. In the end, she will remember her marriage day and its components in snapshot images, and those are the ones that count the most: private time with me; having her hair and makeup done at the salon with her bridesmaids; those moments when the whispers of the guests become less than a hush, and she is standing alone with her daddy before he walks her down the aisle; when he gives her away and his tears cannot be stayed; saying her vows at the altar with her beloved. These moments and others will be the true colors of her wedding day. All the details that seem so important now will fade and be forgotten, overtaken by those moments . . . moments that cannot be planned, purchased, or spreadsheeted, but will be absorbed into her being and become shining threads in the fabric of her life.

And the hurricane? Bah. Just a bump in the road.

Have a great week –

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25 Responses to "Neither Sleet Nor Snow Nor Category 4 Hurricane . . ."

  1. Comment by Robert Robinson
    October 5, 2016 at 10:25 am  

    I hope the storm stays out to sea. Sending good thoughts your way.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:38 am  

      Thanks, Rob. Looks like Miami missed it “by that much.”

  2. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    October 5, 2016 at 10:29 am  

    Praying that all goes well for the wedding. Hurricane or not wonderful memories will be made. Give my best wishes to the bride and groom.

    Buttons says hi to everyone. I love that look on his face!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:39 am  

      Thank you! And I’m so happy that Buttons is doing better.

  3. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    October 5, 2016 at 10:50 am  

    Prayer for a smooth weathering of the storm for all of the East Coast and particularly Stephanie’s (what a great name…heehee) venue and vendors!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:45 am  

      Miami appears to have been spared. My daughter will talk to her vendors early next week. Fingers crossed that “the show will go on.”

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 5, 2016 at 11:12 am  

    Lovely words of wisdom and truth, Lisa. Y’all be safe and best wishes to the happy couple! ♥

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:45 am  

      Thanks, Cathy. 🙂

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 5, 2016 at 11:51 am  

    I know she is fretting, but it will all work out. She does have a lot to deal with, though. Kepping you all in my prayers.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:47 am  

      The main concern, of course, is for the people in the path of the storm, and Miami appears to have been spared a great deal for which we’re grateful.

  6. Comment by Linda robes
    October 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm  

    It’s going to be perfect. It’s also going to be s great book someday. We can’t wait to see the. Princess walk down the aisle.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:48 am  

      Agreed, on all counts!

  7. Comment by Tomi Rues
    October 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm  

    That brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful reminder to keep things in perspective. We work so hard for important events in our lives; and you are right, we remember snapshots. At least, I do.
    Best of luck to you and your girl (and everyone else too, of course!). Hope it all goes beautifully.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:49 am  

      Thank you, Tomi. You know I’ll keep everyone posted! 🙂

  8. Comment by Pat
    October 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm  

    We do the best that we can under whatever circumstances come our way. Here’s hoping that all will be well, but if those big road bumps appear, at least they’ll have some pretty awesome stories to tell their kids.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:50 am  

      Yes, and thank you Pat. At this point, of course, our main concern is not the wedding but the devastation this storm is leaving in its wake.

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    October 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm  

    Wow. How did this come up so fast??! What a beautiful, touching post that I am clearly too emotionally compromised to read without bawling. 🙂 I’m sure her wedding day will wonderful, however many details get changed last minute. Enjoy your family time!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:50 am  

      Thanks, Deb. Wedding stuff always makes me cry, too. 🙂

  10. Comment by Claudia
    October 5, 2016 at 8:49 pm  

    Hope all goes well. You have great attitude ad will be great role model no matter what.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:51 am  

      Thank you, Claudia.

  11. Comment by Cathy Lawdanski
    October 5, 2016 at 8:51 pm  

    True words. But oh my goodness – a hurricane. A wedding in Miami! All that planning (I’m a Type A planner, so I get it). But in the grand scheme of things, you are right. This will be one of many stories and memories together.. Great post!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:52 am  

      Thanks, Cathy. It will be a story, that’s for sure!

  12. Comment by Sioux
    October 5, 2016 at 10:58 pm  

    Lisa–That last long paragraph–the one that began with “The irony…” brought tears to my eyes. It was so sweet and tender and poignant.

    I KNOW that wherever the wedding and reception is, it will be perfect. It might be a day that brings more laughter and improvisation than was originally planned, but isn’t that what life is… laughing and rolling with what’s thrown at you.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      October 8, 2016 at 8:56 am  

      Absolutely, Sioux. This hurricane was just the last (I hope the last, anyway) of oddball things that have been put in the way of this wedding. Believe me when I tell you it is a book in the making. lol The Zika virus, the hurricane, discontinued bridesmaid dresses, and on and on goes the list. My daughter doesn’t realize it yet because she’s still too stressed, but all of this will make her laugh later. (Much later. Haha.)

  13. Comment by Karen Lange
    October 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm  

    Hoping things are going well as the date draws near. Wishing the happy couple well! 🙂

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