His Parents' Weddings

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By then I had learned the basic etiquette of being at a parent’s wedding. You can’t get really drunk and hook up with guests, because of the preponderance of cousins. And I was better at feeling my way through awkward situations. When I noticed that my mom’s wedding dress was backless, I simply made sure to be in front of her at all times. At the brunch the next day, when I was asked to speak after a very long slide show, I refrained from commenting about how the old photos of my mom—with my dad cropped out—showed a lack of knowledge about Photoshop or even decent scissor skills.

Still, as weird as it all was, it’s really nice to have gone to your parents’ weddings. Having your parents divorce is hard, and being able to see them getting remarried is one of the only pluses. Most kids don’t get to see their parents on such a happy day. Those 50th anniversary parties are never as good. Mostly because the kids pay for them.

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