Will You or Won't You?

Will You or Won't You? April 28, 2011

Few things will compel me to get out of bed at o’dark-thirty in the morning: the pop of gunfire, the heat of a house fire, the caterwaul of a baby distraught, and the blast of trumpets announcing the Wedding of the Century. That’s how news anchors the world over referred to the July 29, 1981, union between Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales.

A reported 750 million people — many who got up before the chickens — watched Princess Diana, bundled in taffeta, exit a for-real glasscarriage. Thousands of spectators lining the streets erupted into cheers, waving the British flag, and calling out her name. And in the predawn darkness of a Portland, Ore., apartment, dressed in flannels, I joined in their merriment… Click here to finish reading this post and to join the discussion.

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  • Debbie

    Some really beautiful things brought to mind as I read your words Karen.

  • John in PDX

    I can’t tell whether this a joke or not. You are forwarding us to an AARP site? Do we get 50% off the Blue Plate Special or something?
    I guess I am going to have to read during this time.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      John: AARP asked me to write the essay… so, yes, this is serious

      • John in PDX

        Come to think of it – that is the proper forum.

        Me and my stupid sense of humor.

        What I find is really funny that the kid that sits next to me wasn’t born for 3 years after the wedding.

        Send me my AARP card!

        • Karen Spears Zacharias

          Not a stupid sense of humor. It’s funny. I was honored they asked, tho.