Saturday, 16 June, 2001

A Wedding and a Theory

My next door neighbors' daughter got married today, and I was honored to attend.  She had invited both Debra and me, of course, but Debra's in Phoenix helping out a friend who is ill.  As I was watching the ceremony I realized something:  in every wedding I've attended and every wedding picture I see (mine most definitely included), the bride looks like she belongs in that dress and the groom looks like a deer caught in the headlights.  I got to wondering why that is.  Here's my theory.

From the moment a man proposes marriage to a woman, she's thinking constantly about the wedding.  Where will it be?  Who's going to attend?  What will they wear?  What will I wear?  The woman plans the wedding.  By the time the wedding rolls around, she's entirely comfortable with the idea.  Sure, there are some minor jitters on the wedding day, but she's got it under control.  Men, on the other hand, propose and then promptly forget all about it until they're reminded from time to time to take care of some small detail.  When the wedding day rolls around, the man finally realizes "this is the day," and finds that he's totally unprepared for the major change that is about to occur in his life.  That deer in the headlights look is the outward expression of "what the heck have I done?"

Hey, it's a theory.  Anybody have a better idea?