Congratulations to Ben & Abi!

One of the major reasons I’m out here on the West coast is for the wedding of my nephew, Ben, to Abi (here with her mother).

Wedding accomplished!

Now I get to tell a story. Many years ago, when I would walk home from school back in junior high and high school, I would sometimes walk with a girl who lived a few blocks from me. My little sister Lisa (Ben’s mother), who was then around 5 to 7 years old, would sit on the front step of our house, and when she would see us, she would sing out, “Paa-aul’s got a girrrl frieeend!” and then run inside giggling. Her magic chant apparently was effective since I later married that girl and am still happily married these many years later.

So I’ll return the enchantment, since Lisa is no longer around to do it for him. “Be-een’s got a girrrl frieeend!”

Now he’ll have many decades of happiness. Guaranteed.


  1. chigau (違う) says

    Congratulations to the newlyweds.
    And since the second most important thing about any wedding is food…
    what did you eat?

  2. says

    What a sweet story, and a beautiful young couple. Congratulations and a lifetime of happiness to Ben & Abi! The food sounds great.

  3. Ray, rude-ass yankee - Nerdy on the deck says

    Did you run inside giggling? I think that’s the important bit.

    Congrats to the newlyweds!

  4. says

    One sad thing about the wedding is that her father wasn’t able to come — he lives in Mexico and was rightfully afraid that he couldn’t risk the trip here, even on a valid guest visa. (She is a US citizen, born here.)

    Jeez I hate what’s happened to this country.

  5. says

    I was at a wedding where the religious figurehead did his bit and then ended, “Now let’s eat.” I gotta admire anyone with principles!

    Congrats and many good years!

  6. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Hope the newlyweds have many good years together.

  7. davidc1 says

    Congrats and all that stuff ,shame the bride’s Father could not attend .

  8. cartomancer says

    When my brother got married, he had two ceremonies – one in England and one in Japan – so that both families could attend. It was just too expensive to fly people halfway across the world for a single one. Also none of my family speaks Japanese apart from my brother, and none of his wife’s family speaks English, so it wouldn’t have worked in any case.

    I’d do something similar when I get married, but my beloved is from the next village along, a grand total of two miles down the road…

  9. says

    I’d do something similar when I get married, but my beloved is from the next village along, a grand total of two miles down the road…

    I just envisioned a lovely scene in which wedding parties from each village set out, marching and singing (and drinking) and meet in the middle for a wedding and tea and cookies and booze and dancing.

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