Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, some of us at work decided to do something fun. We’re having a potluck! Now, I realize that a potluck doesn’t sound like a barrel of laughs for many of you, but we in surgery love to have them. I think it’s because at any point in the day you can eat something good. If you get a break in the morning you know there will be something good waiting for you. You’re lucky if you get to eat lunch on time, but with potluck there’s always so much food that you’re sure to get to eat something no matter what time it may be.
To put the “fun” in it, we also decided to bring in pictures from our wedding day! I am the 2nd youngest (at age 29) in our department so we thought it would be fun to see what everyone looked like “back in the good old days”! I have to say I’m excited to see everyone’s pictures. The hair styles, the clothes, the bridesmaid dresses. It’s going to be a hoot! So, I pulled out my pictures this morning to try and find some to bring. The problem? I don’t have a nice 8×10 picture of Toby and I on that day. To save some money we thought we’d be smart and have family take pictures for us. That worked out to a point. After the pre wedding craziness (flower people didn’t have my flowers, Jason had to run an hour home to get his tux b/c he forgot it, my sister wasn’t ready when I picked her up to go get our hair done so of course we’re late getting to the salon) we thought we were in the clear. We were getting married outside (always a challenge) and the weather had been holding out UNTIL we arrived at the park. It started to rain. And rain. And rain. Then, being spring in Minnesota, the mosquitoes came out in HOARDS!!!!! I am not kidding! It was HORRIBLE. So, no pictures before the wedding since it was raining and very few after because no one could stand still long enough to have one taken. Don’t get me wrong. I MADE the wedding party stand out in those mosquitoes so I could have some pictures. It’s just none of them turned out “perfect”. The only time I think about not have a picture is when something like this comes up, but then I think, I have a pretty good story to go along with that day so it doesn’t really matter! We still got married and we still had one heck of a party afterward! As always, the sun came out in the afternoon and it ended up being a beautiful day.
So, for Valentine’s Day, pull out your old wedding photos and have yourself a good laugh. If you’re not married yet, I’m sure you know someone who will share their pictures and story with you and you can laugh with them. It really is neat to see how we change over the years. To see what fad was big when and to remember how we “use to be”. Then we can thank our lucky stars we got over that look and moved on to bigger and better things!