March 3, 2009

The Wedding.

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 2:27 am

Observing people gets more interesting when you’re at a wedding reception. If you look close enough, you can see the single ladies’ uteri glowing as they beginning dreaming of their very own big white wedding. Then, if you sniff hard enough, you just might be able to detect the stench of fear. That would belong to the men, who obviously aren’t ready but sense that their girlfriends might be.

Watching my cousin get hitched was surprisingly tough. Out of all my 6 cousins, she’s my favourite one. Being the oldest among the seven, the age gap often meant a difference in opinion and interest, even as kids. Thankfully, she’s only a year younger than me. Today, the bond between the 7 of us hangs on a single thread. But the bond i have with her is one that will never thin out.

My parents have told me stories of how the two of us used to hold hands wherever we went; walks with the maid, playground, even to art class. We were inseparable. There were even fears of incest as we got older. Some family i’ve got. We’ve spent more than a decade of our lives by each other’s sides and she’s the sister i never had.

Of course, it was inevitable for the relatives present to comment and pose predictable questions. Questions like ‘When’s your turn?’ and comments like ‘She’s a year younger and she’s married already. You have to try harder!’ Fortunately, a smile and a nod sufficed on this occasion.

The wedding reception wasn’t too bad. It was funny to step into the ballroom and hear “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” playing in the background because the family’s buddhist, and were rather upset when i started going to church years ago. It was even funnier to hear “Beauty and The Beast” playing while my cousin and her husband were walking down the aisle of the room. The 9 course meal, while delicious, was served in minuscule portions.

I don’t know much about the guy she married. I haven’t had enough time to analyse him. But i’ve seen my cousin with him, and it seems like they make each other happy. While i may disagree with the concept of marriage, and even more so with anyone getting married at the age of 20 without a kid on the way, i am certain they will have a healthy marriage. For the first ten years at least.

I feel like i’ve given my sister away today. We hardly spoke at all , but before i left she gave me a look which said everything she needed and wanted to. I gave her a huge hug, kissed her goodbye and left with a surprisingly heavy heart. My baby sister’s all grown up.


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