We should never enter into a marriage contract without a great deal of thought,
but you can never be for sure.
I started with several paragraphs explaining what marriage was, the responsibilities and the joys of marriage. I reached the point where I asked, “Do you take this woman, to be your true and lawful wedded wife?”
The expected answer was yes, but he said, “No.”
I stopped and caught my breath and very softly said, “Did you say no?”
He said, “Yes, I said no.”
I said, “Do you mean you do not want to go ahead with the wedding?”
He said, “I do not want to go ahead.”
I was stunned; I am not often at a loss for words, but this was a surprise.
I said, “Would you and the bride like to step to one side and discuss this?”
He said, “No, I do not want to talk about it.”
I was speechless. The bride was crying. The bride’s mother was crying, the father of the bride was swearing, and I stood there not knowing what to say. It was embarrassing to everyone.
Lesson: Marriage is a gamble, but when it is right, it is wonderful. My lovely wife, Shirley, and I have been married 58 wonderful years.
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