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Mom collects thoughts from the bride-to-be


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The text read: “We had to swear!”

I texted back: “To what?”

“That we were telling the truth and not on drugs/alcohol and not mentally insane.”

Chloe and Michael paid their nonrefundable $18 and received their marriage license last Tuesday.

Having lunch later that day — a snowy March day — daughter Chloe shared a few thoughts on her upcoming wedding.

Me: So tell me about planning your wedding.

Chloe: I never looked at Pinterest when planning my wedding because there’s so much there. So many pictures look perfect because they come from stylized photo shoots — it opens the door to not being content.

Chloe, who tends toward being practical, noted that she doesn’t like when people ask if she’s excited. She explained: “I feel like that is the wrong question because, when people get married, they’re usually excited. I think there are some parts that aren’t exciting because this is a huge decision, and it changes your life. That’s a little sobering, and I don’t know that I want to skate through that on giddiness. Still, it is exciting, though I’d rather people ask how I’m really doing or what I’m excited about.”

Me: What ARE you excited about? (Notice how I quickly picked up the subtle hint from my daughter.)

Her response:

On my wedding day, I’m excited to be getting ready at home in the room I grew up in. And that my friend Emily will be taking the photos.

During the ceremony, I’m excited that Michael and I are taking communion and that my college buddies will be performing Claude Debussy’s “Claire De Lune” and Etta James’ “At Last” as we leave the sanctuary as a married couple.

I’m especially excited to have a big party with all of our friends and family and that we’ll be eating fried chicken and biscuits with apple butter — and dance! SO MUCH DANCING!

I’m excited to hang out with Michael and go on our honeymoon/vacation. I’m excited to go sailing on our honeymoon and to take a tour through the cruise ship’s kitchen and eat a special dinner prepared by the chef.

An extra blessing of wedding planning? Chloe noted that, despite all the input sometimes being overwhelming, it’s great to see how many people want to help and how many care for you.

Before lunch ended, Chloe added that she was also excited that her sister Phoebe would probably trip coming down the aisle.

Phoebe was unavailable for comment.

Janet Hommel Mangas, the third of seven children, grew up on the east side of Greenwood. The Center Grove area resident and her husband are the parents of three daughters. Send comments to letters@dailyjournal.net.

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