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John Russo (61 years), Regina Russo (59 years),
(Zeke Traver – 30 years, Morgan Russo – 29 years, Lewis Traver – 7 years, )
narrated by Regina Russo
John has never kept his feelings to himself, so when Morgan announced their engagement last summer, I knew it was going to be a big ordeal. John firmly believes that there is someone better for Morgan, he even attempted setting her up with an old friend’s son who recently graduated college. We both had ideals for our daughter, a doctorate was high on that list. But unlike John, I’m willing to let my visions fall to the side.
John makes such a big stink about everything, that I don’t think my complying nature is being noticed. And it certainly isn’t rubbing off on him.
I know that Morgan and Zeke go to his parent’s house regularly for dinner and to watch the “big” game. We can’t participate in any game watching, as we don’t own a television, but I force John to barbecue for them. We have a top of the line grill, and there’s no reason we can’t use it more now that it’s getting nicer out.
John is still up to his old tricks of staring awkwardly across the table at Zeke. Sometimes I want to smack the back of his head. I swear if he makes it so I don’t get to see my future grandchildren, he will be one sorry remains of a man.
It’s not that I don’t understand where John is coming from. When I look at them, it’s such an unfit pair. Everyone can see they aren’t a good match, but them. I’m positive that his liberal mother is pleased with this. Everyone knows she was a teen when she had him, and he never went on to get a college degree. We know of his feeble attempt at getting a two year degree, but compared to Morgan’s doctorate, it’s laughable.
Then there is the awkward boy. He’s very much like his father, which thank heavens he isn’t like his deceased mother. But his father is not much better than his sorry excuse for an ex-wife, trailer girl.
He says that absolutely most absurd things, talks about kissing, and babies. We are certain they allow him to watch OBH, which is such a shame. He’s proof that the next generation will be weak minded and lazy.
John even reprimanded him for his poor posture on our furniture. Who ever dreams of laying out on furniture when you are guest in their home? I know we didn’t raise Morgan to behave this way, and as his soon to be step mother she ought to start whipping him into shape. At this rate, he’ll be jumping on our furniture, which nearly puts me into cardiac arrest.
I’ve had some ideas for the wedding, and Morgan hasn’t been interested in them at all. I’d really like to have the entire affair at our lake-house in the mountains, but she thinks Kenzie would be uncomfortable with it. So I decide to bring matters into my own hands, as I’m apt to do, and invite Kenzie out to a lunch buffet to discuss the wedding.
I propose the lake-house, and try to sell the idea to her. I press that Morgan and Zeke seem interested in the idea, but her comfort is the first on their mind. I try to point out just how selfish this is of her. Morgan is my only child, and I want her special day to be special, even if it’s with a less than deserving man. The day isn’t about Zeke, it’s about Morgan.
She’s really rather difficult to talk with though. She won’t say anything outright, and even talks to strangers at other tables. In all my life, I’ve never seen anything as absurd.
I tell her about the four giant bedrooms, the view of the lake, the wrap around porch. I really think this would be a special weekend if we made it into one. We could have the bride open her presents the morning after during a lovely brunch, and the leaves are lovely in the fall.
The little sprite goes off on me, in a most unsocial manner, accusing me of pressuring my desires on the kids, and not letting them have their day. I would never force my daughter to be married anywhere she didn’t truly want, but I know my daughter, and she’s being polite right now. I know she wants a lake-house wedding.
I feel discouraged after the event, as much as I dislike Zeke and his uncouth family, I really needed to win Kenzie over. Otherwise we’re looking at a courthouse wedding, and the mere image of my only daughter wed at a courthouse makes me almost cry, and I never cry.
I invite Morgan to talk about it over the weekend, I never bring up our personal life at work. I can tell she likes the idea of the lake-house wedding, she doesn’t have any idea of her own, she even admits. Zeke is willing to do whatever Morgan wants, since he’s already been married before. But Morgan thinks a weekend trapped with all the guests would be intolerable. She thinks that John won’t be able to hold his temper, that Kenzie will feel unwelcome, and that Lewis would make me crazy.
She has good points, but I still don’t think any of that should matter. Shouldn’t the adults be willing to put our comfort aside on this day. I assure her that I’ll reel her father in. I can reel him in, he’s such a theatrical and over-the-top sort of man. It doesn’t take much pressing to find the real issue with it all.
He wanted Zeke to ask permission to propose to his daughter.
I call Morgan, and she passes the info on. And just like that, Zeke is knocking on our door at 7pm, to speak with John. I like that he didn’t waste time or hesitate, one point for Zeke, though it’s just filling the deficit of him not asking to begin with.
And John gives his permission. It’s all rather silly, but I know if we’d had a son, we would have taught him to ask the father’s permission.
After that, Morgan agreed to the lake house wedding. I already sent my housekeeper up there to clean it up, and in a month, me and Morgan will go to order furnishings and begin arranging. As much as we disagree with the pairing, I think we will be able to accept that it isn’t our choice to make. I was officially asked to help her plan the wedding, so I spend my free evenings doing just that. The entire four day weekend is going to be amazing, and filled with relaxing things, like spa treatment for the ladies. Brunches, and shopping. I’m positively excited about the entire event.
John isn’t angry much at Zeke now ether, it seems he can only be displeased with one person at a time. Right now it’s a young flight officer that he’s General over. Apparently he has been less than moral in his acts, and John is having to deal with repercussions of it. I don’t know all the details, highly classified, but I do wonder how far reaching this officer’s indiscretions have reached.
Notes: I see Morgan and Zeke as a private couple, and a private ceremony would fit them well. Except for Lewis. I don’t think Zeke would exclude his son from the event, nor his mother. Regina is a high society, highly educated, career minded woman, and she wouldn’t want a courthouse wedding, she’d want something classy. So the end conclusion for me, was her lake-house, only with family. I figure it’s the best compromise I can give, and now that the venue is settled, I’m rather excited for the four day wedding extravaganza!
John is really mad at Matthew Picasso. I don’t know why, so I’ll just assume he hates the cheating bastard, like the rest of us.
I love the huge height difference between Kenzie and Regina, one is tall, the other is short. Looks like Regina could squash her, but Kenzie is a tough gal, she can hold her own.