Always more to know

Okay, okay. I admit it. I was one of those who rose up at o’dark-thirty to watch Diana Spencer wed her Prince. I was newly married myself, full of googly-eyed wonder, unaware of the heartbreak that awaited.

I admired Diana from afar for all sorts of reasons. I felt a real solidarity with her when we both became pregnant and delivered babies within the same week of each other. I dreamed of one of my girls moving to England and marrying a Prince herself.

Okay. Not really. But it sounds enchanting.

I think Diana would be proud of the men her sons have become.  That’s something, you know, giving your parents reasons to brag on you. We should all strive to be the sort of people that makes others proud to know us.

I have yet decided whether I will wake early to watch Kate and Will tie the royal knot, but I so appreciated what the Archbishop had to say about marriage: Every marriage is a commitment that says I am prepared not only to spend my life with you, but to spend the rest of my life finding out about you. There’s always going to be more of you to discover. There’s a mystery, a delight at the heart of human beings. It’s possible to spend a lifetime and more exploring just that.

What about you? Did you watch the last one? You going to watch this one?

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  • “Maaaw-idge…maaaaw-idge is what bwings ahs too-gedah…” (you must’ve figured there’d be some smart aleck who’d bring up this classic movie scene, so who better than me today?) Unless I’m working a night shift, God told me I don’t have to be awake at that hour of the day, so no. I’ll
    catch the re-runs. I did watch the first one. Mom made us scones and English tea and we snuggled up in comforters watching. That was a fun memory. Great post, Karen!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ah… Amy… Love your mama. My girls remember me waking them to watch snowfall and eating ice cream with peaches.

  • I had a newborn at home who was still nursing every 2 hours all night. There was very little by way of middle of the night TV to watch during those days (except for Jim and Tammy Fay Bakker), so the wedding was pure wonderment and joy for me. My husband had given me a small sapphire/diamond engagement ring, so we were ahead of that curve. Interestingly enough — we passed my engagement ring to our oldest son, who proposed to his now-wife with it. She had it reset (it’s lovely) but it sort of thrills me that the royals also followed our lead.

    I have been almost totally disinterested in this upcoming wedding, though. Not sure why – I hate to think I’ve grown cynical!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Probably just too many joys of your own to celebrate, what with RML and Zach in the garden.

  • Not even a little bit interested.

  • Scott Eaton

    Karen, isn’t it “Diana” and not “Diane”? Just curious.

    I don’t want to watch the royal wedding. But if I’m honest, it’ll be like a car accident – I don’t want to look but I just can’t help myself.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Yes, you are correct but I’ll beg off on the fact that I was pulling an all-nighter on a manuscript. Thanks.

      Ahh… a train wreck? Sad. I prefer to think of it more like a cousin’s marriage you watch from afar…

      • Scott Eaton

        Oh, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting their wedding or marriage will be a train wreck or car wreck or anything like that. I hope not! I’m sure it will be beautiful and exquiste thing. I also pray that they have a lifetime of love and happiness.

        That said, I really don’t want to watch the wedding, but probably will. This happens to me at car accidents – I don’t want to look but still do. That’s what I meant. If you have to explain the analogy it probably isn’t very good. 🙂

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          ah…gotcha… yes… we have this thang we do — that’s why Facebook is such a keen thing for folks. Allows us to lurk unseen.

          We are born rubber-neckers. I like to think it’s because, ultimately, we really care about each other.

  • Hmmmm. I’m not sure how proud Princess Diana would be. “William Wales”, as he had to be known for university and in order to have an actual name of his military uniforms, may turn out OK. Not sure about his younger brother. Not much misfortune or struggle in life could ever make me want to trade places with any of the royals. At some point in life each of us must wrestle with the question WHAT THE HECK AM I HERE FOR? When you are a member of an aristocratic anachronism, that question may be a toughie. After all, Prince Wm. can’t even serve in a full capacity with his miltary unit for fear of being a bomb/bullet/IED magnet. I had no such limitation with my AF intelligence units. I was as anonymous and expendable as the next guy. We each have our own path and our own challenges. No use envying or admiring anyone else’s.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I’m sure royal life has limitations that I would buck up against but, honestly, Will seems like a decent chap and his bride is lovely. Let’s not deny the world a moment of happiness. I loved the Archbishop’s words. Very thoughtful.

  • WandaV

    “Let’s not deny the world a moment of happiness.” I like that, Karen.

    Many years ago, a former IFB pastor of mine took what was a different, more benevolent approach than other IFB preachers concerning all the Christmas hoopla when he said, “Let’s not begrudge the world of Christmas. For many of them, it is the only happy time they know.” [Something to that effect.]

    Your words reminded me of his admonition. Looking at the world through eyes of selflessness and love. Be happy with them. Love them. Good stuff, Sister.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I love this, Wanda. It’s a good word — to quit begrudging others the happiness.

  • Sue

    I was glued to my TV when Diana and Charles were married. I married the same year and had my son a couple months after Wills was born. I’ve thought many times that Diana would be so proud of her sons now. Even that adorable scamp younger son.
    Maybe it’s my age and place in life now, but this upcoming wedding of Wills and Kate doesn’t excite me in the same way although I sincerely hope God blesses their marriage. With all that’s going on in our world this will be a happy moment, for a change. I like what the Archbishop had to say.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I think for those of us newly married, we felt more of a kinship.

  • John in PDX

    Same reason I don’t watch Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or any reality shows. I find them boring.
    But, on the other hand, if someone else wants to – I have no problem with that.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      You are the kinetic sort.. all speed and high drama.

      • John in PDX

        Oh – the horror of it all – I went upstairs to go to bed last night and Sandy was watching a show about the wedding while reading a magazine about it. I turned my iPod on, listened to a Sam Spade show and hid under the covers.

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Bwahahaha! Didn’t Randy and Chris live in London?

  • I don’t remember if I watched the last one or not — I was nine years old and generally didn’t give a hoot about weddings. As far as watching the upcoming one, probably not, but maybe some video clips afterward.

    Karen, I watched the above video. Thanks for posting it here as it is a beautiful piece. I particularly like the camera angles that show his own wedding ring as he talks… And the Archbishop of Canterbury has quite a voice, don’t you think?


    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I do think so. I want to go to his church services. Only a photographer like you would notice the camera shots.

  • Debbie

    It starts at 4pm in the afternoon in my neck of the woods. I will probably watch her arrival as I am curious about the dress. My mother got slamming drunk for Di & Charles wedding – glad I don’t have to live through that again – lol!