It was one of the great honors of my life to be asked to marry my beloved and awesome sister out-law Maryann Dugan and her equally beloved and awesome life-partner Carly Dugan née Mandeville. So life took an unexpected turn and I became an officiant just to marry the Dugans!
“by the authority vested in me as an ordained minister of the Church of the Open Road, and granted to me by the laws of New Hampshire.”
It was an epic 1,003 mile road trip (with all due diligence, social distancing, masking, gloving, handwashing and other care) Sarah, Theo and I took, with many a wonderful (and careful) side-trip hike to the White Mountains, Ogunquit beach and lighthouse, “America’s Stonehenge”, Presque Isle (Erie), and Cuyahoga National Park, to help these two beautiful people become one married couple.
And together with Maestro Theo, we performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version) on ukuleles for the newlydugans.
Life has a way of unexpectedly opening up new paths and opportunities, of varying from our plans, doesn’t it? And now I did this new thing I never even conceived I’d be doing!