On Thursday morning I drove to Amarillo to have a pre-royal-wedding party with my three granddaughters, ages, 4, 4, and 8. My daughter, who was an infant at the time of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana, was also there. This was definitely a low-key celebration, but it was colorful. In keeping with the dress of the little girls who were the royal bridesmaids, the girls made flower wreaths for their heads. We did not have fresh flowers of course, but we had multicolored felt flower shapes. DD and I cut slits in the shapes and the girls threaded them on long pipe cleaners. Then we went to lunch at the closest thing Amarillo has to a “chick place,” The Back Porch Restaurant. The girls, wearing their flower wreaths, dined on non-traditional wedding fare—grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cups of fruit, and chocolate chip cookies. According to my daughter’s Facebook post earlier today, the girls hopped out of bed before dawn to watch the wedding, wearing the proper headgear, of course.
I was up, too. I am a fan of British Royal Weddings and Space Launches and concerts featuring marches by John Phillip Sousa. It was a great celebration to watch, particularly since the network I was watching chose to run the entire wedding itself without interruption or commentary. The gown and veil were lovely—in fact, I thought they created an almost medieval feeling in keeping with the atmosphere of the Abbey itself.
Now comes the almost unbelievable part—my brand new, long awaited, beautiful cherry Hansen minispinner came in last night, and I have not yet even attempted spinning on it! So some experimenting is on the agenda for today, along with a shuttle launch, if it hasn’t been postponed for some reason. Perhaps I should put on my LP of Sousa!
Note: And how appropriate is it that on this historic day in British history, the Shuttle Endeavour, that’s with a “u,” will launch for its final trip. The shuttle was named by American schoolchildren, but the “u” is there because it was named after the ship on which the British explorer James Cook circumnavigated the globe.