Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Mrs. Linklater Has A Cosmic Moment

I have just returned from my younger daughter's wedding in London. She looked so beautiful you could hear people gasp [myself included] when they saw her, especially when she and her husband walked out of the Chelsea Town Hall where they were married. During the ceremony her happiness was apparent. She had a smile that was enormous enough to create an entire new set of dimples in her cheeks. She and her fiance were giggling like a couple of schoolkids, they were so excited.

Because it's London, they had to survive a pre-wedding interview with the people in charge of marrying folks, to ensure they weren't getting married for green card reasons.  "Does your fiance fold the toilet paper into a point when he puts in a new roll?"  "Does he drink the last milk from the carton and put it back?"  Important stuff like that.

One of the witnesses, who shall remain nameless, began to sing "Here Comes The Bride" and was very disappointed at the lack of response from the others. No, it wasn't me.  

Okay, fun's over, let's get to making me some GRANDKIDS, okay?

The cosmic moment came later. One of the guests was my daughter's oldest friend, Dana. They've known each other since second grade. She and I were staying at the same bed and breakfast together, so I had several days and many parties to catch up with her life since she went away to college in the early nineties.
 
I was impressed. That little curly haired kid who wanted to be a dancer is now a published poet and aspiring professor out in Seattle. Her father still lives back in the Chicago area. In the same town I do, as a matter if fact, but I haven't seen him or run into him in over fifteen years. Ironically my daughter spent so much time at their house he was like a second dad to her before she went to college.

Last night my plane from England landed at O'Hare at the international terminal. That place is almost as ugly as it is big. Industrial strength flooring. Hideous art. Fluorescent lighting from the fifties, even though the place is fairly new. Terrible food, too. Not like the United Terminal with Wolfgang Puck and other restaurants or the American Terminal with my favorite food court. I fly for food. Or at least the food I can get while I'm waiting to fly.

I was standing by the carousel, watching for my luggage with the dazed, far away stare of someone who has been on a plane for eight hours and doesn't know what time of day it is in real life, when a man walked up and said my name.  He looked vaguely familiar in that Did I Go To High School With You way? Which is better than Are You Someone I Slept With And I Can't Remember Your Name way.  But even though he looked familiar, I couldn't place him.

It took a moment, but I suddenly realized this was Dana's dad. The father of the daughter I just spent a week with. The man I hadn't seen in a decade and a half, even though he lives less than a mile away. The man I never expected to see for another couple of decades because our lives don't intersect. And here he was at this particular terminal on this particular night, at this particular carousel waiting for his luggage, too.

Cosmic, no? 

11 comments:

mosie1944 said...

That's almost scary!

screaminremo303 said...

Cosmic? I dunno. I guess it all depends on whether he's single and Dana called her Dad while you we're enroute.

I'm sooo romantic.

Congrats to your daughter and her new husband (and to you, too!). Lord knows the gene pool we call humanity could use some decent cheekbones for a change.

ksquester said...

Must have been that new underware you bought. Anne

gaboatman said...

Mrs. L
My very best wishes to the bride!  Yes, I'd say looking up to see Dana's Dad standing before you was pretty cosmic.  So, after twenty years, how'd he look?  <wink>
Sam

jevanslink said...

YOU PEOPLE!!!!  Dana's dad is married to Dana's stepmother who was with him.  Sheesh.   Mrs. L

onmiownnow2 said...

Congrats to the blushing bride and her beautiful mom!  Lisa

sdoscher458 said...

Congrats on the wedding, that must of been fun traveling there for the wedding, very exciting.  Yes, I would find it strange to meet her Dad after just talking about him half a world away....isn't life funny.   Sandi

emmapeeldallas said...

Congratulations!  It's a whole new thing, when they start getting married.  I can say that, I think, even though just one of mine is married.  I like it, though, and Brenden's a great son-in-law.  Post some pics!

:)

Judi

swibirun said...

Synchronicity strikes again.....damnit Jung, cut that crap out!

mombzbe said...

Congratulations to your daughter and new SON-in-law.
I'll cross my fingers you're a grandma soon.  Air-conditioning and wacky toilets won't mean anything at all once you're holding six lbs of love. :D
Anna

salemslot9 said...

you're the mother-in-law from...
heaven :)