Now there is a term that I never thought would apply to me, "newlywed." Sort of brings images of a beautiful, young blonde bride and likewise young, buff man with smiles from ear to ear. Well folks, these newlyweds are far from young (that would be us) but we have the same smiles ear to ear.
|Our wedding party - me, Bill, Judy and Jack Dawson - July 3rd, 2013|
So are you all wondering how we spent our Honeymoon Night. I bet you would. Well folks, sorry to disappoint you but we spent it much like my mom and dad did when they ran off an eloped and got married in Elkton, Maryland in 1940. Mom was 16 years old and a senior in high school and Pop was 19 years old and working at Lukenweld as a welder. She needed her father's permission to get married and of course she knew she would never get it (her Mother died when she wasn't quite two years old) so they "ran off." After they got married she returned home like nothing happened and when back to school the following Monday.
|Dear Friend Judy pinning the boutonniere (not a corsage) on me|
Yesterday, after Bill and I got married we took our two witnesses, Jack and Judy, out to lunch at the Bay Leaf Restaurant in Milton. We had a delightful lunch with was topped with chocolate covered strawberries, compliments of the house congratulating us on our wedding. What a nice surprise (and delicious strawberries)!
|Dear Friend Jack contemplating scarfing down some of those chocolate covered strawberries that the Bay Leaf Restaurant sent to us|
What a wonderful feeling! We feel.....normal. We feel GOOD.
Since I already had my lunch I had time to post my Flip video to You Tube.
I was scheduled for to work yesterday but I did ask permission to come in a little later than the normal 3 pm start of my shift. I didn't want to rush on this hot, humid and happy day. As it was I did manage to arrive at work only a half an hour from my normal time.
So my "honeymoon night" was spent at the hotel, manning the front desk, albeit as a newlywed. Again, the good feeling continue to permeate. I just can not wipe the smile off of my face. If there was any fly in the ointment of my wedding nuptials yesterday was the fact that I did not receive one congratulatory message from Camp Rehoboth, the local gay fund raising organization that, supposedly promotes "inclusiveness." The "inclusiveness" apparently is only for members of their tight little clique but I'm not going to go any further down that negative path today. Suffice it to say I was very disappointed that not ONE note of congratulations or even a "LIKE" was posted to my Facebook account.
When I got home from work though I had a very pleasant surprise. There was a card from my local state representative Steve Smyk with a note on the back that said:
"May your special day today be Happy & Blessed Ron. Sorry I missed you both."
Representative Smyk voted against the Marriage Equality bill in Delaware. I wrote to him several times and he didn't respond to my personal, hand written letters which I took issue with by writing to our local newspaper The Cape Gazette. That representative Smyk would take the time to pay me a personal visit to wish me well on our special day has changed my opinion of him. While we may still disagree politically we can continue to have respect for one another and that is exactly what Representative Smyk did yesterday. And isn't this what marriage equality is all about? Respect?
I wrote Representative Smyk a handwritten letter this morning which I will mail tomorrow morning. I hope to meet with him some day in person to discuss our differences but in the meantime finding his note when I returned home last night was the perfect ending to a perfect day.