Sunday, July 11, 2010

ADD, BTU's, and "I do."

Someone once explained ADD to me as the experience of watching TV with the channels changing every few seconds so that the world seems to be a collection of unrelated pictures where nothing makes sense. For the past two weeks, I have felt like I have been placed in an intentional state of ADD. As I have said before, I really don’t like multitasking. Unfortunately, being one with any single task lately has not been an option; too many things have needed my attention. Fortunately they are all things that I care about so I was able to put my notion that utopia means a linear progression through life aside and deal with all that has been going on.

The big accomplishment is that Weber and I were married yesterday in a beautiful service surrounded by all of our wonderful friends and family. More on this in a later post.

In addition to the last minute wedding plans, we have been making many decisions about the house remodeling, I am teaching summer school, and we still have the demands of daily life. The potential for disaster was great, but I am happy to say that disaster was averted.

We did not try to serve champagne from the lovely rubbed bronze shower spigot. (We are grown ups now! The days of bathtub punch are long over.)

I did not ask my class a test question that involved which tile would look best in our new kitchen.

I did not ask where the dimmer switch was for the unity candle.

I did not give the florist a Glidden paint sample as an example of the color of blue flowers we wanted.

We made it to church with the service bulletins rather than a stack of appliance manuals outlining cubic feet and BTU’s.

I did not respond to Paul’s (the contractor) question, “Do you really want to keep those glow in the dark stars on the ceiling?” with a heartfelt, “I do.”

Though 15 minutes before the wedding I was still wearing my Birkenstocks, I did not walk down the aisle in them even though this is summer and we can dress a little less professorily for class.

I did not make my class sight sing, “Love Divine, All love excelling.”

For those of you who know me well this is pretty impressive, huh!

My ADD adventure came to an end when I walked down the aisle and saw students, fellow parishioners, my Franciscan brothers and sisters, family and friends, and Weber. At that moment, I knew that all would be well . . .now, and for a long time to come.