Hockey, soccer, and T-ball. I did poorly at all of these as a kid.
Being sensitive, my temperament was better suited for crayons, and I eventually learned how to draw an excellent shark. Very scary.
As a teen, I harboured no interest in sports until I found a bit of art in baseball. I noticed on TV that most of the baseball people could catch a ball pretty easily, but that some did it with eye-catching elegance. A baseball ball would rip through the air at them, but their body moved in deliberate slowness until it seemed too late. Then, their wrist flicked up and their glove casually flopped open and *whoop*. The ball was gulped from sight. Practicing this ultra-casual flourish cost me some fat lips, a concussion, and a trip or two to the hospital.
Different variations of this same ease is something you can see in every station in life, to differing degrees. It’s the carpenter wielding the hammer with yogic grace or the social media buff who makes being cool look effortless. I guess it’s a mix of competence, individual style, and that something or other called ‘grace’.
This same subtle art pervaded this wedding—the entire day. I don’t know how S & J communicated their vision to their friends and family, but everybody seemed to do the right thing, without rush or fuss. Tables, chairs, crowds of people, flowers and food, all found their way to the right place, just so, just when was proper. I watched as S & J made all the dozens of small decisions you have to make when being the organizational centre of such a large event, and neither of them ever appeared worried, hurried, or even uncalm. The day reflected their equanimity, too. Each of the day’s events unfolded with time enough for smiles, kind words, meaningful looks, mingling and laughs. Then, naturally, the next event. And yet at this unrushed pace of things, the day seemed to fly by.
I’m reminded of a slogan associated navy SEALs: “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.”
We hope you enjoy some of our favourite moments of this year’s first summer wedding for us. We couldn’t be happier to have been a small part of the magic.