We're in the last throws of packing and closing up everything in the house. In a few hours we'll be above the clouds, heading south. All the way from Africa's west coast to it's southern most tip.
This weekend my stepson is getting married. Not only does this make me feel old! It is also a sentimental occasion and one of those important life defining moments. The children are growing up!!!
The wedding will be very non-traditional which suits me just fine - never having been a traditionalist, nor remotely religious.
Family members from both sides will gather, some from the other side of the world - as the bride is American.
They are having the wedding and reception at a national park - home of the African penguins. You gotta love that. A bunch of guys in tuxedos and matching penguins wobbling about. I'm looking forward to that.
But there is the minor issue of being the step-mom', It's not the most highly regarded position in a family if you know what I mean. Yesterday - when I had WAY more time, I had the idea of writing some witty post about the topic but then I got sidetracked when I found a number of websites outlining the etiquette for step parents at a wedding!!
I couldn't believe it - but if you go HERE you can see a good example.
Who knew I was supposed to sit on a back seat, bow out of the receiving line and most probably wear beige.
The bottom line is that you should try to blend in with the surroundings. In this case, maybe I should go as a penguin?
Well - etiquette and family feuding aside, I'm excited for the young couple - all those hopes and dreams ahead of them!
I plan to have a stiff cocktail near the very beginning and enjoy the day in their honour.
Be back in a week.