Monday, March 14, 2011

A Wedding and A Disaster..

I've been away at a wedding
up north in the little town of Dargaville
on the Wairoa River.

The weather was perfect.
Cool nights and sunny days.

We were all so shocked to hear of the disaster in Japan.
The terrible earthquake and the unbelievable tsunami that followed
and then the fear
of a nuclear catastrophe..

We visited the museum on the hill overlooking Dargaville
where stands the tall spars
from the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace ship sabotaged in our own peaceful waters
because of anti-nuclear protest.

The wedding took place in a beautiful garden.
As lovely niece Laura and her handsome beau Scott made their vows
two paradise ducks left the lake and flew over head like a blessing,
and bumblebees, dragonflies and butterflies darted about on cue.

The enigma that is life in this universe.

A wedding of such peace and happiness and a disaster beyond belief.
Laura and Scott
so clever and full of love and fun..

as you set out on your life adventure together
may you live every moment
knowing how amazing it is to be alive and here
on this awesome
and sometimes fearsome planet
..and live every moment to it's fullest.

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  1. Beautiful wedding J. I agree that we have to live each moment to the fullest, appreciate all that we have.

  2. How beautifully you capture the contrasts of life Joan. Yes, living to the fullest is the only way, and appreciating the gifts of life. The wedding looks so vibrant, and the setting lovely.

  3. A beautiful juxtaposition. What a lovely setting. In spite of all the pain, Life goes on...

  4. Such a thoughtful and lovely post
    They are a gorgeous couple
    I hope they have a time of bliss
    where everything seems possible

  5. Looks like they had a fabulous March day for a wedding. It really is the best month to get married ;) AMAZING cake too!!! What flavours were the five layers - any chocolate or banana?! xx

  6. A wedding that will be more remembered by everyone. Hope and joy in the middle of the terrible disaster in Japan.
    All the best wishes for the young couple in New Zealand.
    Grethe ´)

  7. As I read this, Joan, I couldn't help but feel the optimism. In spite of tragedy, catastrophic events, both manmade and natural, and here stand a lovely couple embarking upon life together, hopeful.

  8. Congratulations to the happy couple! What a beautiful place for a wedding! May they have a blessed and beautiful future.

  9. Lovely setting. The ying/yang of life. While good comes to the forefront in one space -- destruction of such magnitude happens in another. -- barbara