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Topic: The Family Reunion (06/05/08)

By Norma-Anne Hough


The excitement was beginning to mount. Three more sleeps before the wedding. Bronwyn, our middle daughter was getting married. The past six months had been very busy with all the preparations, now it was coming together.

We had decided that the Friday evening before the wedding, would be a good time for the whole family to come together at our home. The cousins had not been all together for five years, so it would be good for them all just to have quality time catching up on family affairs.

Accommodation has been arranged with various Bed and Breakfast establishments, with my three nephews staying over with us. Friday morning arrived at last. Bronwyn and her sisters went off to collect the wedding dress and their bridesmaid dresses. I had last minute shopping to do, so we all arranged to meet at the airport where ten of the guests were arriving.

I arrived at the airport just as the airplane had landed. My sister, Michele and her family were the first through, followed closely by good friends. Kate, my niece, is a stunning looking young woman. She is tall with short blonde hair. Her blue eyes sparkle with mischief; she and I have a very close relationship. Soon we are all on the way to our family home.

Different guests start arriving all greeted with great delight by Sheba, our faithful old collie. Troye, the German shepherd puppy is not too sure what is happening, but enters into the fun. Within a short period, our home is transformed. The young ones all gather outside on our patio, laughing together and catching up on the past five years. My sisters and their husbands with other family members stroll through the garden catching up on family news.
Laughter rings out. The dogs run from one group to the next, hoping to entice someone into a game.

David sits in the TV lounge practicing his song, he will be singing to Bronwyn at the reception. I wonder if he will make it through without tears. This is a very emotional experience for him. There is a happy buzz throughout the house. The wedding dress in my study is a closely guarded secret, I hear the boys teasing Bronwyn about her big day. There has always been a very strong bond between our siblings.

As evening falls, there is a festive air. Brightly coloured fairy lights lighten up the patio. There is a happy buzz of noise and excitement as all anticipate the ceremony the next day. People have seated themselves around the table outside to share in supper. I look around feeling sad that Bronwyn’s grandparents are no longer with us. How the two grandmothers would have loved this special occasion. I miss my mother, her charm and grace.

Later that evening when all have gone to bed, I lie awake thinking of what lies ahead tomorrow. How I will lose a daughter, yet gain a son. I am thankful that all the arrangements have gone so well. I listen to the sounds of the night, sleep does not come easily. My thoughts turn to another wedding. A wedding to which we have all been invited. The Bridegroom has sent out the invitations. He is busy preparing our robes and mansions. There will be no tears or sorrow at that wedding, all our loved ones will be present. The Bridegroom sits on His throne waiting for your response. Will you be there?

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Sara Harricharan 06/12/08
Nice job! I liked how the family was together as the wedding preparations were underway, it turned a tad devotional at the end though. Nice job. ^_^
Debbie Wistrom06/16/08
A lot happened in one day and you captured so much within the word limit. I liked reading about this family reunion, well done.
Debbie Fuhry06/16/08
I like the overall feel of this piece, but you need to watch out for punctuation errors, especially comma usage and run-on sentence errors.
Catrina Bradley 06/18/08
You really captured the excitement of this big day! Your MC fell asleep like I usually do - thinking of Jesus to calm herself. Lovely tale; I really enjoyed this.
Joshua Janoski06/19/08
I enjoyed this very much. A wedding is definitely an exciting way for family members to reunite.

I wasn't sure if this was meant to be a devotional or not, though it felt like it ended that way. You might want to leave off the question at the end if you weren't intending it to be a devotional. Just a suggestion.

Thank you for sharing this. :)