Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Last week at a birthday gathering with family and friends, a friend made the comment that when my 2 daughters marry, it will be quite expensive for my wife and me.
I replied that my parents were very upset with my In-laws that they would not allow them to pay for half of my wedding and that I have no such hang-ups concerning tradition. With that I looked at both my daughters’ boyfriends (2 great guys) and said laughingly, “If either of my daughters ever makes the mistake of agreeing to marry you and your parents are more than welcome to pay for half the wedding. Should your parents decide that they do not wish to share the cost, then please tell them that whoever pays controls the guest list and if we pay then we invite only the brides’ friends and family. Remind your parents: no pay, no play. I would want to pay for half of my son’s wedding.” I got laughs from the gathering as I expressed my thoughts.
My youngest daughter’s boyfriend asked “Are you serious?” Before I could answer, my youngest daughter said, “He is. I have heard this for years.” Another laugh from the gathering.
Of course my family started to share funny Marty stories with all. Yes there are funny Marty stories, some of which I have asked them to stop sharing which only serves to remind them to continue to share them at every conceivable opportunity. My son shares the story about how he was injured on the soccer field and while running on to the field to attend to him, the soccer coach’s shorts dropped to his ankles and the coach fell. The soccer coach was wearing boxers. Per my son, “I was slide tackled and the other player took out my legs instead of the ball, so I am laying there in pain watching Dad run toward me when suddenly his shorts dropped to his ankles and he falls forward. I started laughing and rolling on the ground and my leg stopped hurting.” More laughs from the gathering.
For what seems like the millionth time I told my son, family and friends that the slapstick comedy fall was part of my plan to help my son forget about the pain and get back up and play. It was due to my great acting ability and sense of comedic timing that everyone thought it was on purpose. Continued laughter from the gathering.
I told all the I would demonstrate my acting ability by performing the soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, stood, raised my right arm, looked upward and began, “Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”. Thank goodness the laughter started so I could look disappointed, shake my head and sit. That is all I know from Hamlet's soliloquy.