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It's not about the wedding dress

It was 1956 — the summer I bought my cheap wedding dresses.

I asked my friend Linda to help me with the selection.

A bridal shop just south of Palo Alto offered a summer sale. Within 15 minutes, I'd found the right dress at the right price — $50.

I was reminded of the simplicity of my long-ago shopping trip while channel surfing the other day. I landed on a TV program featuring young women selecting their bridal gowns.

On the program, an entourage of family and friends watches the bride-to-be try on dress after dress. The whole event looked exhausting and overwhelming, so I turned off the TV.

Is that why I stopped watching the program or was it because I envied that bride-to-be who had a flock of folks to help her shop?

I don't know.

All I know is that the months before my wedding were a confusing, difficult time for my mother and me. As far as I know, Mom was not one to do a lot of praying, but I think she prayed for Divine Intervention in hopes of straightening me out.

Her conversations with God might have gone something like this:

Mom: "I'm glad Linda's going along to help Val pick out her wedding dresses online. Val has no taste when it comes to clothes."

God: "Maybe clothes aren't that important to her."

Mom: "Well, she could at least learn to wear a little makeup to put some color in her face. But she shows no interest."

God: "Cosmetics are not my strong suit, so I can't help much there."

Mom: "Sometimes I wonder if she's good marriage material. She's not much at cleaning or tidying up. She ought to keep a clean house."

God: "Well, contrary to the rumor going around, cleanliness is not next to Godliness. My friend Erma Bombeck says it's not even in the same neighborhood."

Mom: "Well, then maybe things will work out. Thanks."

And they did.

Almost 58 years after buying that dress, I know it's not about the dress.

It's about the person waiting for you at the altar.

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