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The Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011

I haven’t really been that intrigued by the royal wedding. Really, I haven’t.

I ignored the onslaught of Facebook status messages in my newsfeed talking about it. I turned the channel when TV personalities or radio hosts began gushing about it.

And then today, I woke up curious.

It started when I realized that people actually woke up in the middle of the night to watch it. “Huh,” I pondered. “They actually lost sleep over this?”

Then I heard about the dress on the radio — “You have to see that dress!” the morning show host exclaimed.

And slowly, very slowly, the curiosity built. And before I knew it — I was googling “kate middleton dress” like the rest of the masses. I watched her arrive and wave at the crowd. I saw them kiss on the balcony.

And then — I saw the crowd. There were millions of them! Seas of people cheering and snapping pictures, tip-toeing and jumping, trying to catch a glimpse of the new royal couple.

I wondered: sure, this is beautiful, but why do people care so much?

In a media world of “here today, gone tomorrow” celebrity marriages, reality shows like The Bachelor and Millionaire Matchmaker: why do we still care?

It made me smile when I thought perhaps we still believe in Fairy Tales.

We know the ideal. We love love. And deep down inside, perhaps we see the beauty of traditions that so many have thrown out.

Many may say that the old fashioned formula is out of style: girl meets boy, they court, they fall in love, they walk down the aisle, they grow old together.

But yet, there we were: Waking up in the middle of the night, staring from the crowd, snapping pictures, googling details, clapping for a kiss, and hoping for a happily ever after.

And maybe, in some strange, media-hyped way, the Royal Wedding is a royal reminder that love is worth celebrating.

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