Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cloudscape

...and I'm back. Married. Better off.

Monday after a Saturday wedding. We were flying out of Providence on our way back to Indianapolis by way of Philadelphia, I was in that brain-haze that follows intense and sustained human interaction--I assume everyone must feel something like this: you love your family and friends, but 85 of them at once, for hours at a time, can be exhausting. The wedding went perfectly excellent, but there's a kind of stupor that follows. It was raining outside. The airport was... well, an airport.

Then Gretchen pointed over my shoulder and said, "Look!, there's Stephen Wright!" Sure enough, sauntering along in a Boston Red Sox hat and a jean jacket, one of my favorite comedians of all-time. And just like that the cloudy brain-haze lifted.

But it was still raining outside. Gloomy. Hmm...

We waited on the tarmac for 45 minutes--happy about the wedding going so well, but unhappy about travelling so tediously. Then it happened. We took off in the rain, I got that "aren't-we-climbing-too-steeply?" feeling in my stomach, entered the clouds, Gretchen clutched my hand, and minutes later we emerged to see this:


The sunniest image I had ever seen, and a lesson, somehow... something about perspective, I think. When you're... weary, feelin' small...

Anyway, here's to my new wife!

8 comments:

Wishydig said...

Awesome. Steven Wright.

And the pictures.

And that your day was excellent. An auspicious beginning.

"Brian" said...

Good post...maybe try flipping that image of the clouds upside down...that's what you were feeling.

Richard said...

Excellent. Congratulations.

Cool picture, too.

Cathy said...

Happiness always, Casey - to you and Gretchen.

Those intense take-offs through rain are a heart-pounding leap of faith. It does help to hold hands.

Remember to do that. It will get you through the worst of storms.

Jon Sealy said...

Congratulations. Just remember to clip your fingernails over a trashcan and life'll be swell.

Mxrk said...

So Gretchen has seen Stephen Wright twice now. Lucky...

Monica said...

Congratulations, of course. Lovely picture . . . really stunning.

Insignificant Wrangler said...

Congrats, good luck, etc.

If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?