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Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)
TITLE: The Unroyal Wedding
By Sydney Avey
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I’m getting married, Kristy tells Mamie. She squinches her eyes to avoid getting soap in them. When? Mamie asks. Right after you do my hair Kristy says, brushing away a trickle of water that threatens to plug up her ear. Do you do makeup too?
You’re getting married today? Mamie wraps Kristy’s head in a towel and points her toward a styling chair surrounded by dust-and-hair bunnies. Then she lifts a finger. No one cleaned last night, she apologizes. Let me sweep up before you come over here, and she grabs a broom. Kristy inspects her face in the mirror. Should I get my eyebrows shaped too, you think?
Mamie finishes her sweep and disappears into a closet. She comes out again wheeling a plastic cart full of makeup pots and tubes and brush and wand applicators. Well then, let’s get you pretty, Mamie says.
Did you watch the royal wedding on TV? Mamie runs her fingers through Kristy’s long, dark, damp tresses. Greasing her palms with a lotion that smells like almonds she works the goo into the girl’s hair, scrutinizing Kristy’s reflection in the mirror. You know, you are just as pretty as a princess, she says.
Kristy colors. Her eyes tear. My Dad used to say that to me, she sniffles. Will he be giving you away then Mamie asks, massaging Kristy’s scalp. No, Kristy says, he died last year. And yes, I did watch the royal wedding.
Every woman’s dream I imagine, Mamie says. She pats Kristy on the shoulder and reaches for the blow dryer. When Kristy’s hair is dry it falls in a curve on her breast – just like Kate’s hair did Mamie tells her, standing back to admire her artful arrangement. Then she goes to work on Kristy’s makeup.
Will and Kate looked like a wedding cake bridge and groom, Kristy says, and the carriage was something out of Cinderella. All their preparations paid off, but I’m just as prepared. Mamie raises an eyebrow. How’s that, hon?
I asked Jesus to be my wedding planner and to give me away. He’s doing a terrific job. Kristie’s face shimmers under Mamie’s expert hand. You don’t need much of this stuff, Mamie steps back again. Her part is done.
He gave me a verse -- Prepare ye the way of the Lord. I figure that marriage is God’s way, and if you’re prepared for that the wedding will take care of itself. Mamie glances at the bleached circlet on her bare ring finger. I know how to prepare for a wedding, she says, been there, done that. How do you prepare for marriage?
By training your heart to love, Kristy says. It’s all what Kate’s brother read out of Roman 12 at his sister’s wedding about sacrifice and being genuine, about praying and serving, about blessing others and testing God’s will to find what’s perfect.
Mamie undoes the cape she had fastened around Kristy’s neck and shakes it out. And you’ve found the perfect man? Mamie asks.
My wedding planner is the perfect man, Kristy laughs. My Manuel is still under construction, but he’s a Romans 12 kinda guy. Kristy looks past Mamie and squeals with delight at the faces that appear in the window. There is Mercedes holding a cake box and Graciela with a lacy white dress draped over her arm. Luz walks into the shop and says to Kristy, you are beautiful! Pedro follows her. Your carriage awaits my princess, he says.
Kristy looks through the window out to the street. There stands a solitary horse hitched to something she’s seen before and never seen. Pedro! Is that your dad’s antique hearse? He let you do a chop job on it?
With Mamie’s blessing Kristy dresses in the bathroom and emerges to the gasps of her friends. A crowd of young people have gathered on the sidewalk to begin the procession to the park.
Mamie, can you come to my wedding, Kristy asks. My wedding planner says there is room for all. Wouldn’t miss this, Mamie says. It will be a blowout, Pedro says.
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