Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Wedding Bells Ring with Laughter, Tears

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Wedding Bells Ring with Laughter, Tears

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If all went as planned, my oldest child, Aaron, wed his sweetheart, Lauren Bowles, on Saturday afternoon. As you read this, they're likely on the way for their honeymoon (or sleeping in after a raucous reception), husband and wife for the first day.

I'd imagine that Shari, my wife and Aaron's mom, cried more than just a little bit at the ceremony.

That's what happened when we first dropped him off at preschool, when we put him on the bus to kindergarten, when he went to prom and when he was in homecoming court and, for two solid hours, as we drove home after dropping him off for freshman year at Indiana University. It was a bit easier during the 19-hour drive home from his graduate school in New Hampshire, though not much.

Aaron's sisters, Katie and Elizabeth, no doubt smiled and danced and hugged their "Bubba," the big brother who always has been the family's peacemaker and protector, making sure nothing bad happened to his little sisters and forgoing his desires to make sure all others were happy.

Grandma Lois, I know, beamed as only a grandmother can beam.

There is no telling the number of bottles of "bubbles" she bought during the childhoods of all 17 of her grandkids (and five and counting greatgrandkids), then sat out back patiently as they twirled and blew through the plastic wands and tried to capture the elusive soap. There also is no telling how many dozens of her special chocolate chip cookies were devoured both by all those kids and their friends, including busloads of football teammates during Aaron's days at North High School.

Aaron's buddies, I'm sure, laughed and joked and likely drank too much as their wives and girlfriends watched out for their safety.

There are bonds, with the friends who surround you as you transition from boy to man, that never will be broken and seldom can be explained. …

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