The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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This is a very important moment for me because it was when my dad got remarried. There had been ongoing tension throughout my family because of it but regardless, I was happy to share this time with him. Even after three hours of trying to curl my hair, and two hours of no air conditioning on the hottest day of the year, I couldn’t have been happier to be sitting in the inn waiting for the ceremony to begin. Family runs through thick and thin, which is how we all continue to keep it.

             As much tension as there is in the air right now, being the one to walk down the aisle for my dad lightens the air between us. Everyone looks uncomfortable in dry cleaned suits and flashy dresses that haven’t seen the light of day in years. I watch as my dad fidgets with his gray silk tie, hoping no one has caught on to the struggle. We make eye contact and instantly smirk. “Can you help me already?” I laugh, “You think I know how to do that?” I walk over to adjust the knot he had just made, pulling his white starchy collar down over the neck. He pulls too tight, practically choking himself, making us both laugh in harmony. Finally, his fiancé shuffles over to the two of us to see what could be holding the ceremony up.

             Why did I agree to wear these heels today? I look down at my gold cheetah print heels that are going to aerate the front walkway momentarily. The sweet mumble of violins fill the air as I am pushed out of the double French doors onto a gravel walkway. Each step is agonizing as I try and smile for the hidden photographer and not fall flat on my face in front of my future in-laws. The heat blazing off the sun is excruciating, I can feel the makeup sliding off the side of my face.  My dad stands patiently at the end of the alter. His Anthony Bourdain physique reassures the grey sleek suit he chose to wear on this blazing hot day. His salt and pepper mop that’s gelled back chills as flyaway pieces gently float around his face. When did it become okay to have a beard in July?  With that, the uniting candle is lit as one, allowing the celebrating to commence and the shenanigans to begin. 

Pre-Wedding Shenanigans

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June 2012
Connecticut

This is a very important moment for me because it was when my dad got remarried. There had been ongoing tension throughout my family because of it but regardless, I was happy to share this time with him. Even after three hours of trying to curl my hair, and two hours of no air conditioning on the hottest day of the year, I couldn’t have been happier to be sitting in the inn waiting for the ceremony to begin. Family runs through thick and thin, which is how we all continue to keep it.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by Gabriella deHaan on March 20, 2014
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