“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promised joy.”
— Robert Burns
Translated into modern American English:
“Let’s take a look at Plan B.”
My Great-Niece Caitlyn and her Great Love Daniel were to be married on Saturday in a ceremony on the beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Then the Fan hit back. 140 mph winds and a romantic wedding by the shore do not mix.
A few minutes ago I was looking at the Weather Channel and they were talking about the mandatory evacuation of the Outer Banks. The Governor had already declared the whole state a “Disaster Area.”
Talk about your Wedding Crashers.
While the ceremony was to be this past Saturday, Caitlyn and Daniel put their wedding “On Hold” on Tuesday afternoon. This was done to accommodate those guests who were going to be traveling from out of the area. Our plans had us leaving Terre Haute (That’s French for, “Learn to swim.”) on Wednesday morning. I guess we’ll stay home now.
We cannot imagine how these two fine young people must feel. To dream and plan for so long only to have it all shelved by the weather. As sad as it was, they made the right decision. If they had not I think that the governmental authorities would have stepped in.
What that entails is something we don’t know yet. I’m sure that there has been a Plan B sitting on a shelf for some time. Living on The Outer Banks must call for there to always be a Plan B. Clinging onto the edge of the Continent with the Atlantic Ocean all about must make you look at everything as temporary and flexible.
Whatever they plan to do next, whether big or small, they know that everyone who loves them will support their decision and celebrate their joy.
Their future together cannot be stopped by the weather and in the years to come they will have one heck of a story to tell their children and friends.
I had already written a posting that was to run today. It was about how the wedding went off without a hitch. Well – there was a hitch – a big one.
Things are being postponed due to weather, but another day, a bright and sunny day, will come.
Hurricane Matthew is big and strong, but we all know that Love conquers all.
Our love to you both.