The Struggle Continues - Part 2 - The Wedding - 5 - The Small Wedding


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When our elder son, Thomas, had got married a few years earlier, it had been a large wedding, with all of the trimmings of church, morning dress, hats, lots of guests and a lavish reception. But in his case, it was actually two receptions, as his wife's family had managed to fall out with ours in a very big way. So they had one reception and we had another. Or that's my version of the story and I'll be sticking to it!

Either the marriage wouldn't last or if it did, we'd probably find ourselves cut out of the relationship with our son. It was the latter. But I'm told that's exactly what Thomas' mother-in-law did to her husband. My mother-in-law could be difficult at times, but at least she let Alice and myself do very much as we wanted and didn't interfere. But why are families so cruel to each other?

It was partly for this reason that Josh and Lucinda had decided on a small wedding. Or more correctly a very small wedding! There were just six guests, consisting of the very close family on both sides and a best man. For example, only Lucinda's closest sister had been invited. And she had seven siblings and half-siblings of various ages! Josh and Lucinda hadn't even booked a reception or a hotel for the honeymoon. Although they were intending to go to Harwich to take the ferry to Holland.

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