In Week 5 of Writing the Family Sage I wrote under the theme of ‘On the Way to the Wedding’ and continue with my great grandparents, Stanley Gordon Snowdon and Lilian Muriel Witt. This time about their wedding day and once again is pure fiction.
‘You can do this Duckie’ Lilian murmured to herself as she took the arm of her soon to be brother-in-law. It was her wedding day.
As they moved up the very long aisle of the beautiful St Pauls Cathedral in the centre of Melbourne she could almost believe that she would find her family and friends sitting at the front. She knew following her Australian soldier home would be hard but today sadness seems to be winning over happiness.
‘You’re doing well Lassie’ whispered her escort.
Lilian squeezed his arm in a show of thanks for his encouragement and smiled as finally her beloved Gordon came into focus as they neared the pulpit. She was so pleased to see that he was wearing his uniform despite his recent discharge from the Army but was confused as to why there were no markings or medals on it. She must remember to ask him about that later.
Happiness finally won over sadness when Gordon winked at her and mumbled ‘About time’ as he accepted her hand from his brother. The ceremony seemed to be over in the blink of an eye and the minister was saying ‘You may kiss your bride’.
As they turned to face the congregation, Lilian realised that she did have family in the church. She now had two parents, five brothers, their partners, two nephews and a niece. A little fluttering feeling in her stomach reminded her that soon they would have their own little family.
I decided to use the same five words this week to open as I did last week. As with taking her first step off English soil onto a ship, she was taking her first step down the aisle. Although my great grandmother was always such a happy go lucky kind of person, I would think that even she would have felt sadness on her wedding day knowing that none of her siblings were in the church and needed to have a little encouraging chat to herself.