So apparently it’s not so much that I never have anything to post about but that I never have time to post after the fact! The past couple months certainly have been very full. Back in October I not only got to enjoy Manitoba Comic Con but also participated in the 24 hour Comic Challenge under the fine care of Nick and Adam of 8Bit-4Colour, Kingston’s premiere comic shop. I got to attend a metal concert backstage and caricature the band. November of course, was all about my creative partner, Ryan Sohmer, getting married. The bachelor weekend was held in New York City, where a dozen of us gathered to fete him with overpriced drinks and Broadway tunes. This past weekend was the actual wedding and was a beautiful ceremony (my first Jewish wedding) and a gathering of friends and family to start the couple off on their new life.
Sometimes you get to attend a wedding where everyone is checking their watches, not because it’s late but because they are counting down the minutes to the divorce. Sometimes you get to attend a wedding where everyone is sighing because the couple has long delayed the move of solemnizing their relationship. And sometimes you attend a wedding all pissed off because it’s a cash bar.
This weekend was none of those.
This past Saturday night, I was proud to stand among the friends and family to witness Sohmer marry the love of his life, Sue. A surprise? No. The man has never been happier than when he’s with her. Risky? Hardly – the two of them are incredibly self-sufficient while also being hugely supportive of one another. There may be more confident people out there, but I’m not sure I’ve met them. You know how people say a bride is ‘radiant’? There were times I could barely look at Sue as she was as a white flame, a blazing column of feminine strength and love that filled the synagogue with her love. The extended family represented three generations of people who were intelligent, good humoured and so filled with love for the new couple. It was a marvelous gathering.
What’s that you ask? Cash bar? Please!! Sohmer knows how to throw a party.
Not since my own wedding do I think I’ve enjoyed myself more.
We’ve got a week to get through before Sohmer returns and the hectic Christmas season steals the focus but if you have a minute this week, do yourself a favour and pause in your day. In that moment, let a warm feeling of love creep into your psyche and know that it’s from the reality that there’s a new soul made of two people now living as one. That love is spilling out to include us all.