Monday, October 6, 2008
Over the weekend I attended a wedding. It was great fun and as these things always do, it made me grateful for the place I live. The groom - and a number of the men in the wedding party - had been classmates of my daughter's so I remember them as little boys in first and second grade, when I was class mother accompanying the class on field trips and helping with craft projects. Many of the guests were people I went to school with myself years ago - some I see pretty regularly and some I see only on special occasions like this one. All are people I enjoy spending time with.
I talk a lot about shared history in this space because I think it is one of the things about my life that I treasure the most. It's the reason I would never willingly move away from East Hampton. Because I would hate cutting ties to the people and places that have been the touchstones of my life - memories of people and events.
I could live anywhere in the world and be content I suppose, because happiness and contentment are often choices that we make. I am reminded of the Apostle Paul who told the church to be "content in whatever the circumstances", and he understood the difficulties of life (I believe he wrote that letter from jail). But - if I were anywhere else I would greatly miss the people that are part of my life here.
Weddings and funerals seem to bring us together in a unique way. We are surrounded by our past and our future, multiple generations all in the same room - the circle of life in stark reality. Just another one of the things I love about East Hampton.