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  • First the news came on Facebook. My nephew was going to get married on the beach at Treasure Island, Fl. It has been many years since I'd seen my nephew. Almost 30 years ago when his father died. Another time when I was traveling in St. Louis and had breakfast with his family. Then he came to visit about 10 years ago when we were living in the Chicago area.

    This upcoming wedding was an event not to be missed by my wife and I. A formal invitation came, giving all the details of a reception to be held in St. Louis, his home town on July 4th, a few days past their wedding date. However, the wedding was going to be attended by only a few close people on the beach in Florida.

    My wife started out purchasing and returning outfits, until the exact matching combination was found. Fingernails, hair cut and styling were done. Proper shoes were picked out as well as jewlery. Not to much...but just enough to make a statement as the Aunt of the Groom.

    As for me, a few clothes from the closet, a haircut, and I was ready to go. I had the car prepared. Rotated the tires, full tank of gas and washed professionally.
    Our dog, a 3.5 pound blind Maltese was placed at our vets for safekeeping.

    We exchanged phone calls with our nephew and his bride to be. A plan was made to visit with each other before the wedding in Florida so we could exchange stories and get comfortable together.

    My wife packed our suitcases for the journey, as she always does. Snacks were ready to go. We were like horses at the gate waiting for the bell to ring. And the bell did ring. A telephone call from my nephew saying that tropical storm Debby was upon them. It would not be safe to drive for 8 hours in the rain and wind. They were undecided now as if they could even get married with the weather so bad.

    Well, they did get married inside the resort. It has been said that if it rains on your wedding day, you've got many happy years to come. And let it be so.

    Sadly we were not there.
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