Sounds a bit kinky, doesn't it? Well, it's TRUE in this case!
I have five grown children. And TWO of them decided to get married in the SAME month. Yeah, they waited until they were 32 and 34 to get married...and then, just HAD to do it in the same month! Really? Gee, thanks, my dear kids.
To make it more complicated, they both chose a month in which I've been assigned "Ready Reserve" status ALL month long! That means that the Crew Desk can call me at ANY time of day or night, and assign me a trip out of either Dulles, Reagan or Baltimore airports with only FOUR hours notice until departure. Not four hours to get to the airport, mind you...but four hours until TAKE-OFF. Which translates to about 2 1/2 hours to get to the airport for safety inspections, pilot briefings and boarding.
Needless to say, I'm going crazy!
My son, Max, was the first wedding. Somehow, through major wheedling, finagling and sobbing, I managed to get Labor Day weekend completely off. So Max and his bride, Jennifer, (who have been together since 8TH GRADE!!) got married in a simple wedding in my hometown of Ann Arbor, MI. Being the mother of the groom is pretty easy; I've managed that role before.
But, now, coming up in just 8 days, is my daughter's wedding. Hayley is managing most of it herself, along with her groom, Peter (they've lived together for three years), but still, being mother of the bride is still a LOT of work. I'm finding myself on the phone with the florist the minute the plane hits the runway, reviewing the caterer's emails in between flights, collecting wine bottles (that one was sort of an enjoyable task! LOL) to spray paint gold for the centerpieces, and arranging hotel rooms at the resort up north at Michigan's Sleeping Bears Dunes where the wedding is being held (See banner pic above.). I'm making lists in my hotel rooms at night, calling Hayley at 6am before I get on a plane, and sending more money via PayPal than I ever thought I would have to!
I'm going crazy. Absolutely bananas. I can't WAIT until this crazy month is over.
But there are three VERY WONDERFUL things happening this month:
1) Max and Jennifer are happily married now and in their new house.
2) Hayley and Peter will have an amazingly relaxed wedding in the Dunes next weekend.
3) And I will be celebrating my FIVE YEARS of freedom from nicotine on September 27th! Go, me!