Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: through the wardrobe

2012 has been a very very good year. It started busy, what with two large work things in January and February then moved into hyper busy, with a Big Work Thing coming in the month before the wedding. Because of that, because of work, there was very little time to put in personal touches for the wedding. Time - or the lack thereof - was the reason Mr Grey and I pared the wedding down to its bare bones while still trying to incorporate the Chinese tradition of the tea ceremony and the reception and have a church ceremony on top of it all.

I only just told a couple of friends last night, just how much I loved the way Mr Grey and I arranged our wedding. It was over a weekend - with the church and traditional chinese ceremony on Saturday, then a lunch reception on Sunday. I told my friends how much I loved having dinners alone with Mr Grey - just sort of absorbing the events of the day and talking. But I left out my favourite part.

My favourite part of the whole wedding weekend was when the reception and ceremonies were all done and Mr Grey and I had a quiet dinner then took the rented car out for a drive - the first drive of our married lives.

We drove through NUS, around the west side of the island, along winding roads, up a hill then down another hill.... held hands in the car and talked. There was no planned route, nowhere we had to get to. It was just us and the night and the road ahead and for half an hour, that was all there was to the universe. No one else existed.

It's hard to explain how or why the drive felt so unreal and beautiful....but

Perhaps, just perhaps, that drive is like the first magical quarter of an hour through the wardrobe - when it dawns that this is Somewhere Else, that this is a different world, with trees and snow and a light.

Then you step out, all wondering amazement and of course, the faun appears and life is utterly and irrevocably changed.

So maybe, just maybe - in the new year, in this new life Somewhere Else, there will be Spring and talking cats and bears and Lions and witches too.

Happy new year to all :)

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