Honesty time: I’m only 30 pages into A Grain of Wheat. According to my trusty calendar, today I’m supposed to publish my review. So, that’s not gonna happen.
Those of you who have been in weddings before understand that a wedding weekend is always a little crazy and busy. Since leaving school yesterday, I feel like I haven’t had a chance to breathe. Certainly, I’m not complaining. I can think of no better reason to endure exhaustion than celebrating the addition to a family.
This wedding was different for me because it was the first wedding I’ve been to since Elliott was born — and since the families were part of the wedding party, I felt a certain twinge of responsibility for his behavior during this sacred time. During the rehearsal, Elliott let out a resounding cheer — complete with clap, and fist pump — when the pastor practiced asking if anyone had any objections. I couldn’t decide if he was objecting or celebrating the lack of objections, but either way, I was certain he would spend his time today cheering and hollering through the whole ceremony. Instead, Elliott was a champ. He choked on a triscut and spit it up on my not-cheap Calvin Klein dress, sang along to the organ music, and read his Gallop book until the end.
I will admit, I had every intention of reading during Lukas and Suzy’s wedding reception, but decided that level of antisocial before might be frowned upon. I did carry Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s book around in my purse for two whole days — instead of finding moments to read, I was just left with a constant reminder every time I went into my purse for lip-gloss that I’m not going to reach my June goal. Oh well.
Also, after some contemplation, I might skip the book I had picked for Sudan, so that I can time reading a lighter book during my trip to Vegas next week. (The Sudan book is huge and dense and looks amazing…but it might be the least pool-side-with-a-tropical-drink book I could take.) And there is a second reason too: I want to force myself to read some fun countries in these next six months. If I abandon one in Africa, then I can pick one up along the way — and that might be nice. (Oh, and the masses — at the wedding, in email, at work, and in comments — have spoken: I’m not allowed to skip Russia. I’ll figure it out.)
To conclude this “check-in” entry, I will share with you ANOTHER cool idea from Lukas and Suzy. This was a part of their centerpieces: A take and read paperback novel. These two are the coolest. See? I probably could have gotten away with reading some of Kenya today. 🙂