Today, we are getting married. To all of you across the country who are not with us today as we quietly start the next phase of our lives – thank you for everything that you have done for us and with us that has led us to this point together.  Thank you. We both love you all.

From several years ago:

“There are so few people given us to love…If you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other.  There are so few people given us to love and they all stick.” – Anne Enright

Excepting my family (of course you love your family, and of course they stick,) at nineteen, I don’t think I’d hit the halfway mark on my first hand.  I mean, I love people all over the place – I’m a pretty affectionate sort of person, anyone could tell you that. But there are very few people in anyone’s life who are “given us to love” – and I could still count mine on one hand. These are the people who you love with a desperation, with a longing that is expressed in inarticulation.

These are the people who taught me that sometimes laying down your life for your friends requires living.

“But love is the answer to a question
That I’ve forgotten,
But I know I’ve been asked
And the answer has got to be love.”

– Regina Spektor, Reading Time With Pickle

Today, I miss you, Cori Lee. Wish you were here to play with my nephews and niece, to creatively come down the aisle in a wheelchair and to prop your chin on your two fingers and ask my groom a confusing existential question or two. “Tell me about your formative years.” Wish you had been here to spend last night with me, to get your nails done with my sisters and I and to laugh hysterically  with us. I miss you. The mind reels, Cori.


3 thoughts on “Beginnings

  1. Love, love, love you both. I am so happy that you have finally made it to this place in your lives. You both deserve all the love and all the best the world has to offer.

    Also, super happy to see you back here :)

  2. Beautiful post, Coral. I think that the bitterness of loved ones gone adds to the sweetness of new beginnings in life’s big changes, and I hope you felt Cori’s spirit with you on your wedding day, even if you couldn’t see her.

    I’m breathlessly awaiting details and pictures!

  3. Congratulations, Coral!

    My beloved grandmother died the year before I graduated from college and I feel her passing much more acutely in moments when I take big steps forward or make life-changes. I think losing important people just before you are an adult is so jarring because in 5 or 10 years, your life is completely changed and you are transformed by independence, marriage, children, careers, and all the rest.

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