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The Many Gifts of Marriage

Today's Wall Street Journal, which miraculously arrived at the end of my driveway before I sat down to eat my oatmeal, thus making this a good day already, contains an article on the dilemma facing many of today's engaged couples: which co-workers to invite to the wedding. It explains such thorny issues as how to avoid hurting someone's feelings if they are left out, and the impact it could have on your career if you dis someone in power.

This is a subject I could not care less about if I tried. I have had two weddings, both attended by next to nobody. Naturally this resulted in receiving far fewer gifts; the first time we got absolutely nothing from anyone, but the second time, older and wiser, we threw ourselves a big party a month after the civil ceremony at the Alexandria, Virginia office of the Justice of the Peace that netted us several serving platters and one kitchen appliance. Still, it's a good one -- we use it at least twice a week and have for the last 31 years. (I highly recommend the Cuisinart food processor.)

I have recently been invited to two weddings, neither of which I will be attending, in part because I don't even know any of the betrothed, just their parents. If the events were reachable by car I would show up, but since in both cases attendance requires getting on an airplane, it's simply out of the question since I only fly to destinations worth dying for.

One couple interviewed in the newspaper article worked together and was dismayed because they had to "pare down the list to only thirty" work colleagues. Only thirty -- and that's just the people from work! I bet those two will end up with a ton of kitchen equipment.

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The Many Gifts of Marriage


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