Well I knew that I wasn’t thinking straight recently.
I have realised today that I will miss the party not only of the year – but according to the Tea Towel maybe of all time!
I am, of course, referring to the marriage of Wills an Kate – otherwise known as Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Indeed because it doesn’t really visually impact me (no telly and nothing much in many of the Croydon shops) it has all passed me by.
That is until two things happened this week. Firstly, we have been invited to watch it with friends on TV in Ealing and secondly, Angie and I went for the day to Hastings today (as some of you may know I’m on holiday this week).
As to the first that was no big deal – I would go and sit with Simon and their boys and drink a few beers and talk about our forthcoming summer holidays and listen distractedly to the oohs and aahs next door.
But in Hastings I realised the full force of the wedding. These pictures are just a few of the shops cascading with reminders of the wedding (you can click on the pictures to see them better).
What was also interesting was that as I took a picture of one of the shops (Unforgetable) the lady who owned the shop started to talk to me about her enthusiasm for the wedding. She was saying that loads of people were wanting to buy the Union Jack pillow in the window but she refused to sell it (she gave me the nod that you could buy them in Matalan!).
Then in another shop the assistant was saying that her uncle was having a non-wedding day party (which seems to recognise a link to the party but that’s another matter).
So I realised how I’ve got it so wrong.
We should have had a party this Friday and invited all our friends and neighbours to it.
We should have had a huge projector screen to watch it all and had a great party for it.
And next door we should have had a bar where those that didn’t want to watch could have a chat and tell each other how great it was that they weren’t watching the wedding and what a great day they were having!
I could have even gone to Matalan and bought some pillows to sell to those who wanted them.
At double the price, of course.
But there is another serious point to be made.
And the tea towel puts it into focus.
To try and make out that William and Kate are in the same league as some of the romanticised romances is worrying. It plays into the media portrayal that is all too happy to over-romanticise a relationship and then look for any and every momentary lapse of devoted love to say that the relationship is in trouble or on the rocks.
How could any relationship live up to that.
And look at the list (click the picture below).
Didn’t all of the relationships there have major problems (and some end in disaster?).
No. lets enjoy the day (whether watching or not) and wish them every happiness and remember that they are mortal and will have good times and bad times together.
And remember that the papers and the journalists who are oohing and aahing over every detail on Friday will be the ones in a year or two’s time looking to bring them down.