One Royal Wedding + Continuous Television Coverage = A Refreshing Pause

My part of the country can’t seem to catch a break from tornadoes this season. For reasons quite obvious, I’m not fond of this time of year when it comes to weather. The television coverage alone is enough to make you want to move. As Jon Stewart so aptly commented, the Weather Channel seems to be forever covering “The Storm Of The Century Of The Week.”

And our recent storms were quite the attention getters. We even made the BBC World News.

Where I live, it seems every single one of our tornado watches or warnings have occurred in the wee hours of the night. I’m an early to bed, early to rise kind of girl. And these late night watches are kickin’ my butt.

I was lamenting this to my husband just yesterday morning. Whining about my horrible sleep deprivation. And then, on the news, flashed devastating pictures of huge trees fallen, brick homes flattened. Parents, clutching their frightened children, found under the debris. An elderly woman, who did everything right – going to the lowest point of her home, crouched in a closet with blankets on top of her – still perished with her home demolished.

So much for my lack of sleep cry. It doesn’t merit a whisper in the wake of such devastation.

And the television coverage? Constant. On every channel. My children, unnecessarily worried long after the storm. Spongebob never looked so appealing.

While I was getting ready for my day this morning, my husband walked in and said, “I know we don’t allow TV in the morning before school but I’m letting the boys watch the Royal Wedding coverage.”

Huh? I will barely watch the coverage. Sure, I’m excited for them. But a wedding is a wedding. Sweet. Wonderful. But I barely know of them, let alone know them.

“And they’re mesmerized,” he marveled, “with all of the horses and swords and guards and carriages.”

Of course, they are. They’re boys. That would be what they would gravitate toward.

“This will only happen a few times in their lifetime,” my husband continued. “There’s no harm in a little indulgent history.”

Indulgent history. History. I never looked at it that way. An event? Sure. But history? He’s right.

As I watched with my boys, I, too, was swept up in the pageantry. And then, watching later with my 18 year-old daughter, I was swept up in the romance.

“Awwwww, look how he looks at her!” She exclaimed. “And mom! You have to see this!”

She rewinds to the moment when Prince Williams says, “You look beautiful.”

My daughter swoons. She watches the kiss (and second kiss). She admires the dress and what a handsome couple they make.

At first, I was amazed at the all-day, every channel coverage this event is garnering. Now, I am grateful. I’m having a hard time remembering an event, a news-worthy, interesting, happy event that was plastered across the news and televised for hours upon end.

A positive, uplifting, happy event. All over the news. Talked about the world over. Celebrating love and happiness.

What a refreshing pause.

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10 responses to “One Royal Wedding + Continuous Television Coverage = A Refreshing Pause

  1. Jayne

    There have been a few vociferous ‘nay-sayers’ leading up to this over here but my attitude is that we’ve been given the day off work, so unless you had to work anyway, just shut up and put up. I’ve rejoiced in the time off, the pomp and pageantry, witnessing history and that these two people obviously love one another. Put all of that together and Britain has just celebrated one great, big happy party today. Reasons to smile and to come together as one nation are *always* good.

  2. Thanks for posting that photo, Jane…I didn’t watch the coverage yet. http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/ten-reasons-i-should-have-been-invited-to-the-royal-wedding/

    I hope you continue to be safe from the storms…one thing I don’t miss about living in the States!

    Wendy

  3. Facebook friends and I were up at 3:30–scones and tea and 700 plus comments. Such fun and as Dr. Seuss says….”I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells”.

    I’m glad you had a little time to watch and to be happy. A little happy ever after is a good for the heart and soul.

    Hope the storms stay away.
    Kb

  4. You’re so right, Jane. Sometimes we just need something frivolous. We need a change of subject. We need something happy and light. And this certainly fit the bill. Good for you for bending the rules today. And my best wishes to you and the rest of the South as you recover from all of the storm and tornado damage!

  5. I like that there was some indulgence in your house. Sometimes you do need to pause and just to do something to lighten the mood. Hope the storms subside.

  6. Happiness is a good thing to see. A couple that seem so well-suited to one another and to their place in life is a good thing to see. There has been so much bad news about weather and wars these past months, it was a relief. A historical relief.

  7. I didn’t watch the Wedding, but my family did. I will say, that at least they do appear to love one another, which is something I’m not sure I’d say about Charles & Diana.

    I thought the Queen looked like a tub of butter, but there you go. 😀

  8. At first I didn’t get they hype either, but as I watched the coverage I had many of the same sentiments as you. There is so much negativity in our world right now. What a nice distraction the Royal Wedding was! 😉

  9. I love the perspective of seeing it as a lovely pause. We *do* need joy and romance and fairy tales. Not weeks’ worth given how much is going wrong, but especially if all you see is death and destruction on the news this April, I wholeheartedly agree that you should all cuddle up with some cocoa and watch the Royals. Mazel tov.

  10. It was awesome!!! I went to a party at 5:30 in the morning!!

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