There are vastly differing opinions swirling around as to whether the royal wedding of 2011 was worth watching or not. I was one of the people who slept on the couch and woke up to watch it live. I’m not obsessed with royalty, nor do I have princess fantasies. I could have watched the replay, but I had to start working at 9:30. I could have recorded it, but then I’d have to find time to watch it later. So I chose to watch it early.
Why did I want to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton? Many reasons. The most important of those being 1) he was marrying the woman he took the time to get to know and is truly in love with regardless of her blood line, and 2) from a photographer’s standpoint, I love anything to do with documenting life events. I was also curious about the dress. I didn’t believe she would shock the world with some modern or outrageous fashion just because of the sheer little thing she modeled on a catwalk years ago. I had a feeling it would be something timeless and classy.
I found the scripture reading by Kate’s brother, James Middleton, interesting in light of the media with their mouths watering for something, anything remotely controversial to report. For example, there’s been talk of the rule stating that the heir to the throne has to be the firstborn son (unless only daughters are born). There was also the chatter about Kate being a commoner, whose family started with very modest means. The verses were Romans 12:1-2, 9-18:
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone
I heard “do not conform”, “bless those who persecute you”, “be willing to associate with people of low position”, and “do not be conceited”. This portion of scripture already represents Will & Kate. To me, this selection was sending a message to everyone else. I love Romans, by the way!
There are comment threads on articles and Facebook pages with loudly voiced opinions. Some just wanted to escape all the bad and sad news going on in America for a bit. On the other side of that, some questioned why we would put so much focus on the royal wedding when so many are dealing with devastation in the aftermath of the many tornadoes in the southeastern United States. I don’t know how to word this delicately and without sounding like I don’t care (if you follow me on Facebook, you know that I care) but when something terrible happens, that doesn’t mean we can’t experience joy or pleasure without feeling guilty. I remember feeling guilty if I laughed at something right after my dad died. That’s all I have to compare it to right now. That was wrong. Emotions don’t have to be all or nothing.
One person said, ” Our focus should [be] on more important things going on in the US and world.” Really? I think there’s still plenty of focus on other (I won’t call them more important) things in the world. I think we focus too much on bad, terrible, horrible, and sad things in the world as it is. That’s why I avoid watching the news on local channels. I prefer in-depth reports or well-written articles to the brief, gasping segments aired on local channels. We only have this one life on earth (as far as we know), and I don’t believe we should waste it fretting and worrying about every little awful thing that can or does happen.
In the end, all I have to say to grumpy, angry people who make it not-so-quietly known that they don’t give a rat’s patoot about things like this is to just shut up and let those of us who do give a rat’s patoot about them enjoy it.