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Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)
TITLE: WEDDING AWRYBUT, HAPPILY EVER AFTER
By Verna Mull
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Christina was 28 years old and never had a serious relationship. Her close friends, Jeannie, Maggie, and Chris, had all married, and Jeannie was expecting her first baby.
“I am getting older, and will probably never be blessed with a husband or babies,” she thought to herself. She quickly wiped a little tear from her eye.
The next evening as she strolled to church, a young man approached her and said,” I am Tim Lyons, and I was wondering if you could tell me if there a good church in this area? I just moved here from Chicago, and I need to find a good church home.”Christina was a little nervous, but she said, “I am just walking to the Central Baptist church right now. It is only a block away, and you could give it a try and see if it is what you are looking for.
As she slyly looked at his face, he appeared to be the most handsome man she had ever met. He had dark, curly hair, and sparkling eyes that seemed to talk when he spoke.
They arrived at the church, and Christina joined Jeannie and her husband for the service. Tim seated himself a seat or two away.
Tim made her church his church home, and she soon learned that he was also 28 years old, unmarried, and had come to her city to work with a friend of his, who owned a booming business.
At last, Tim asked Christina out for supper, and they began to see one another frequently. “You and Tim are a perfect match, “Jeannie said one day.” Is this anything serious?” Christina smiled shyly, and drew her hand from her pocket to display one of the loveliest engagement rings Jeannie had ever seen. The girls squealed and hugged each other.
Wedding plans were made
The day finally arrived and everything was in order, just as Christina had always dreamed.
Cristina checked the food that had been prepared. Everything was perfect, and just the way she had always wanted it to be.
Jeannie, Maggie, and Chris broke the enchanted spell, but reminded Christina there was only an hour to do her hair, and get her prepared to walk down the aisle.
Christina was a beautiful bride, dressed in her lacy white wedding gown with pearl decorations and a long satin train.
The organ began to play, and Christiana said, “Hey you guys, I must go to the bathroom, I am so nervous, can you help me?” Well, it was quite a feat to hold her train high from either side of the stall that she chose. Oh, my, the music for the procession began to start. Maggie and Chris were bridesmaids, and grabbed the flower girl and the ring bearer, leaving Jeannie to try to manage the train.
Christina finished her business and Jeannie carefully lowered the train and they headed out, barely in time for Christina to walk down the aisle. Jeannie quickly tried to straighten the train, when much to her horror, she realized there was a full roll of toilet paper dragging under the train, and unrolling as Christina walked down the aisle.
The photographer hardly knew what to do. The guests quietly snickered, and soon Christina and Tim had said their vows. She thought her heart would jump out of her chest as Tim gave her the sweetest kiss she ha d ever had.
The couple was presented as “Mr. and Mrs. Tim Lyons.” It was the happiest moment of Christina’s life, well, until Christina turned and saw the long trail of toilet paper from the back of the church, ending at her train. She was so embarrassed that she rushed to the dressing room and sobbed and sobbed, as Tim stood by her side to console her. “But-but, everything was so perfect, and I wanted everything just right for you,” she sobbed.
Tim held her in his arms and said, “Everything is perfect, because I have you.”
A few minutes later, Tim persuaded her to join the guests at their reception. She was truly a blushing bride.
Each anniversary, as Tim and Christina looked back at their wedding day, they had learned to have a good laugh over Christina’s misfortune.
On their 50th Anniversary, 4 adult children told of the love that had filled their home, which proves that embarrassment does not ruin a life, unless it is allowed to do so.
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