>Had the morning free, unexpectedly, and so I watched the Royal Wedding. And it was lovely. I am not a big Royals watcher, I don’t much care what they do and what scandal concerning them is invented in the media, BUT I do love a proper English church spectacle, and this one certainly delivered!
I have several friends who share a familiarity of English church music and several of them know a lot more of it (and sing it more often) than I do. Being in America, they got up early to watch it on TV as well, and we had a nice time tossing remarks back and forth on facebook. (A special thanks to teenage expert Astrid Emily for naming the musical works for me!)
But I did see a lot of snark and grumbling from many others, and I had to wonder why. As I said, I’m not a big fan, but is it necessary to call it crap? My first inclination is to see that as the instinct to diss something out of fear of being seen as foolish. After all, better pessimistically clever* than optimistically naive, right? Then I began to realize that people were “talking” through the filter of their own marriage experiences — as in, ‘it won’t last, so you might as well forget it’. Ah, well.
For the rest of the day, I am going to try an experiment: link people’s response to the wedding (no one seems to have a middle-of-the-road view of it!**) to the state of their personal romantic relationships.
*Example: a comment that the bride arrived in an automobile instead of a carriage, so they wouldn’t mistake her “for one of the horses.”
** Among anglophones, at least.