I, like many of you, had been anxiously anticipating watching the royal wedding. I had it all planned. I was going to get up early on Saturday (not any different than the rest of the week), sit in my pajamas, make my pot of tea and watch as my favorite royal married his beautiful American princess! Best laid plans…
Let me back up a couple of days. My sweet husband met with someone about cutting down some trees and bushes around our house. It really needed to be done, so they were going to do it on Friday morning. The only thing I said to my husband on Friday morning was, “Make sure they don’t cut the cable.” Fast forward to around two o’clock in the afternoon. I had a missed call from my husband who was playing in a golf tournament. I don’t usually call him when he is playing golf, but for some reason, I decided to check in. “I have some bad news” was the first thing out of his mouth. Now I am thinking something is wrong with one of the kids or one of our parents, but then he says, “What was the one thing you said this morning about them cutting down the trees? Don’t let them cut the cable…well, they cut the cable. I’ve already been in touch with the cable company, but I am not sure it will be fixed today or next week.” He has been married to me long enough to know that I was not happy, but then he said, “We are going to check into a hotel tonight because I know how much you want to watch the wedding in the morning.” I said it was fine; we would figure it out, but he insisted that I find a place for us to stay that night!
Being the bargain hunter that I am, I went online and found a deal at one of the nice hotels near us. It was nonrefundable, but he insisted that I go ahead and book it! When Allen got home later that afternoon, I was still not in the greatest of moods because while I had been out running errands, the cable had been fixed! So now we had paid for a hotel room that we really didn’t need. But, my sweetie insisted that we go and enjoy the evening and watch the royal wedding from the luxury of a hotel room!
We threw a few things in a bag and headed to the hotel. As I go to check in, the young man at the desk said “Mrs. Ritter, your room is on the Club level. Here is your key to the dining room where we have complimentary dinner being served. Also, there is a continental breakfast there in the morning, as well as any other snacks you would care for during your stay.” I could tell by the wry grin on my husband’s face that he knew everything was going to turn out ok.
Long story short…we had a beautiful room on the 15th floor overlooking the city we live in. We had a wonderful dinner and a great night’s rest. We woke up in time to catch all of the royal wedding while sipping tea and then enjoyed a huge breakfast…and I didn’t have to cook a thing!
What began as a potential disaster turned into an unexpected, delightful evening and morning with my Prince Charming of 36 years! I realize that not getting to watch the royal wedding would not have been the end of the world, but I so appreciate that my partner in life was so concerned about me getting to do something that I had looked forward to that he already had a backup plan in place.
It was so much fun to watch Harry and Meghan get married. I wish them many happy years together and hope that when life throws them unexpected curves, they will remember that laughter and love can help in any situation. The wedding was beautiful and I think my favorite part was just watching the two of them enjoy the day.
What was your favorite part of the wedding?