June 15, 2018, Philadelphia-
Once upon a time, a teenaged girl looked at her uncle, and wondered aloud whether anyone would care to attend her wedding, when the time came. Uncle said, unequivocally, that he would be there and that anyone who called themselves his family would be there, too.
In reality, there was never any question. Everyone from her youngest cousin (my son) to the family matriarch (Mother) made the wedding, that will take place tomorrow, a top priority. It’s been a few years since B was a teenager, but there has been no break, whatsoever, in the love I feel for that compassionate and powerful young lady. She has made a solid life for herself, following her father’s example of being largely self-reliant and choosing the field of education-which probably had little or nothing to do with her uncle and aunt, on the other side of the country, being educators. I’m glad she chose teaching, anyway. She’s darn good at it.
I arrived in Philadelphia, around 2, by way of Camden. This was a simple matter of not getting good directions from Google Maps, finding myself on the bridge to New Jersey and turning around to get cash from a bodega, near the Camden side of the bridge. Once that was done, I picked up my pre-ordered wedding gift and headed to the Alexander Inn, my residence for the next 2 days.
With time to spend, until the Rehearsal Dinner, at 6 p.m., I ventured to check out Philly’s street art.
Here are a few of those scenes, from the west side of the Independence Historic District.
Here, a father is showing his little girl the power that comes with community working together. I found this appropriate to the present situation. My brother has been a guiding light to all three of his children.
The above long mural has a caption that speaks of the eternal juxtaposition of right and wrong. The young man in the foreground is giving this matter a lot of thought. From the look in his eyes, I would say he will choose right, more often.
Well, the dinner was second to none. The Panorama Restaurant, right on Front Street, did it up fabulous. I am admittedly an hors d’oeuvres hound, anyway, and the grilled ahi tuna did not fail to satisfy, either.
Tomorrow, greeting Aram and meeting his sweetheart, then attending the wedding of the year (sorry, Harry and Meghan), will be a most assuredly full day. Good night, all.