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Monday, October 13, 2014

A big celebration...their way!!

Another wedding in our family....another very personal celebration!! I don't think it should be any other way!!

A wedding is a big thing. It's a big decision, a big commitment and a big celebration! I don't think there is a better way to start a life together than for that celebration to have "you" written all over it!!

This one...did!!

My daughter has always had a "thing" for another time...she loves the old music, the cars, the clothes, the colors...the decor (especially 50's kitchen stuff....she has a huge collection!!!) so it was only natural that she would think about a wedding with a 50's feel. Of course, thinking about it....and pulling it off...can be two different things!!

After many, many plans....and even more "plan B's"....my daughter and SON-IN-LAW, finally, found EXACTLY what they were looking for!! There is a diner outside of Lancaster called "DJ's...taste of the 50's". We have checked out many, many retro diners, in our day, but this place has it all!! Including some very accommodating owners!! They opened on their day off...just for us...made us all burgers (with or without cheese...as noted on the place cards!!) and french fries (in the red baskets with black and white checked paper!!), milkshakes (flavors also noted on the placecards!!!) and made everyone, not only feel at home, but feel like we were in the 50's!!!

They were surrounded by people who make them happy...family, friends...both old and new...and everyone got into the spirit!! Her dress was very appropriate...tea length, dotted, just "poofy" enough...but she wasn't the only one with the "50's flavor" in their outfit!! Lots and lots of "polka dots" and red lipstick!! Add that to the music playing in the backround...and the totally perfect decor....and it was a party to remember!! Just the way it should be!!

Was there an isle to walk down? No. The wedding march...a flower girl...rice...bouquets...a bridal party? No to all of the above!! There wasn't even a cake....it was all PIE (I mean....come on...a 50's diner!!!!) But there were two very happy people....doing it their way....and a celebration that we will still be talking about when they celebrate year number 10!!

Last year....when our youngest daughter got married....I told you all about that unique wedding celebration and strongly suggested, if there was a wedding in your future, to do it YOUR way! After last night....I am going to say it again...I hope that every "bride and groom-to-be" has as much fun as our daughter and son-in-law did....and all of the special memories, too!! What a great way to start their life together!!

"Won't you wear my ring around your neck? To tell the world I'm yours, by heck...let them know I love you so...and let them know by the ring around your neck" (....well...okay....finger!!)

Congratulations Heather and Dave!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

One more thing.....


I thought I was done....but it turns out...I have a little more to say!!

Earlier this week I posted, on Facebook, about an unfortunate encounter with a customer. I said what I needed to..and I was done. I really was....

I didn't post it to "vent" I posted it because I think it's important....REALLY important...for all of us to realize that we all have our mountains to climb!!

Somewhere along the way the world has become a very, very rude place to be. A place where everyone has the right to "tell you what they think" and treat those of us "in the public eye" like garbage. Sweet Memories is in it's 20th year at 180 Main St. My business, however, will be 27 years old next month. That's a long time. That's a lot of energy and time and hard work...and I think I have gained a lot of wisdom over those 27 years!!

I, also, think that after that long....I should have the right to decide how much is too much. That phone call (actually 3 of them) was way too much!!

No one...for any reason...has the right to totally disrespect another person. No one. To be talked to the way we were talked to...and not listened to the way we were not listened to...and then hung up on...repeatedly...is complete disrespect.

I heard from an awful lot of you...and I read all of your comments!! I just want to go on record here...I was not "uncalm". I did not...and will not...allow that encounter to spoil my day or my daughter's wedding. I totally appreciated all of the kind words....but I wasn't "fishing" for them!! And...if you think it was wrong to use social media to "vent"...I just want to assure you..that was NOT venting!! I chose my words very carefully....and omitted quite a few of the ones that were swirling around in my head!!

Basically....the reason I shared the encounter, at all, was to...hopefully...stir up some awareness! 

I am going to pass along some of the wisdom I have gained in my 27 years in business....You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Think before you speak. Do unto others....oh wait....this isn't MY wisdom...it's been around forever!! Too bad the world is forgetting all of it!!

NOW....I am done!!!!