Once upon a time, twenty years later, there was a nineteen year old girl who went to the same college in Idaho to gain her education. While there she met her true love, married, and will, hopefully, live mostly-happily ever after.
Twenty years after my sweet sister Marjorie (age 19 at the time) met her husband at college in Rexburg, ID, her daughter (my niece), age 19, met her sweetheart at college in Rexburg, ID. and agreed to marry him. Lanae Noel Watkins, was sealed for time and all eternity in the San Diego temple to her true love, David Varner, on August 8, 2016…..and we were there. WHAAAA-WHOOOO!
The wedding was nice, catching glimpses of Lanae and David amid the hubbub was great, and being with my siblings and parents was truly fabulous. All of us gathered: Blaine and Cathy from Lompoc, CA, Wright and Carole from Issaquah, WA, Marjorie and Jason from Las Vegas, NV, and Brad and Nikki from Palm Bay, FL.
When Brad and Nikki suggested that they fly into Salt Lake City from Florida and then drive to San Diego with us in our van, I thought they were crazy. Truly crazy. Why would they voluntarily subject themselves to an additional travel time? Didn’t they realize that there is an airport in San Diego?
I did not express my thoughts, only my consent. “We’d love to have you drive with us,” I said. And we did. Love it. Truly love it. We played Pinochle, ate black licorice, and explored rural CA neighborhoods as we evaded the traffic jams caused by the wildfires that shut down Interstate 15. Let the good times roll and they did. As our tires rolled down the freeway our fun rolled (and multiplied) in the car.
The good times rolled the whole five days, from the San Diego temple grounds to the lingerie aisles in Target to the church gym in North Las Vegas that was magically (if magic includes all-day decorating efforts performed by a large crew of family and friends) transformed to look like the lobby of a five star hotel. I imagine the good times rolled with Lanae and David (and perhaps multiplied…!!) on their honeymoon as well. WHAAAAA-WHOOOO!