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Royal Wedding Memories

on November 16, 2010

Ahhhh, so Prince William is officially engaged to Kate Middleton.  I remember the announcement of his mother’s engagement.  I was 11 and was all atwitter with Lady Diana.  I thought she was the greatest thing ever.  I’ve even blogged about my love for all things Diana here.

And like I said in that post, my mom was an angel and made sure we had a t.v. in our hotel room to watch the wedding.  We were in the process of moving back to Alaska and not all Canadian hotel’s on the Alcan highway had such conveniences.  I remember laying across the bed right next to my mom and watching every thing.  Such a sweet memory and definitely one of the best memories of my childhood.

I really don’t follow the royals at all.  But I’ll probably watch this wedding . . . maybe laying across the bed right next to my little girl.  A part of me will be longing for my mom, just like I did when the entire cast of “The Sound of Music” reunited on Oprah for the first time ever last month.  But I got to share that with my little girl, side by side on the couch.

Only she’s not so little anymore . . . . she’s 12 and just hit 5’5″ and 96 pounds.  And she is not happy about this.  She’s taller than most of her friends and just about every boy her age.  Most everything Amber has struggled with growing up, I struggled with, too.  This is a new one.  I’m only 5’5 1/2″ now so I was never tall.  She has been all her life.  Even though I try to focus her on how stinking good she looks, she just wishes she was shorter.  Her current musical favorite is a tall girl, too, but  it’s just not enough.  And I quote from her, “Taylor Swift is 5″11 and wears high heels!  I will never wear them! Never!”  {Amber may or may not get a flair for the dramatic from her mother.}

Funny thing is, Diana was a tall girl.  And from all accounts, so is Kate.  Maybe that will give Amber some hope that being tall isn’t some sort of a terrible life sentence.

And again, here is where I miss my mom.  She, too, was a tall girl.  Since Amber has been tall all her life, Mom shared a lot about the pluses of being tall.  But I still wish she was here now to help my not-so-little girl through this time.

So maybe watching Kate and William’s wedding won’t be optional.  We can watch a tall girl take the world stage.  And I’ll hope it’s one of Amber’s best memories.


2 responses to “Royal Wedding Memories

  1. Caroline Grossman says:

    I, too, watched the wedding and sadly, watched her funeral on TV. She was such a beautiful bride wasn’t she? I miss you!

    • Cheri-Beri says:

      Yes, I watched the funeral. I was pregnant with Amber and living next door to my parents. I got up in the middle of the night and went to their house and watched it with my mom. Their t.v. was bigger than ours – lol.

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