See, I am a marriage celebrant, appointed by the court with the power to marry couples who present me with a license from any jurisdiction within the commonwealth.
That happened in 1992, more than three thousand weddings ago.
What keeps me going?
Couples often ask me why I do this. When the need for a fresh contingent of marriage celebrants was first publicized, I thought, Yes! Besides being interested in people, I believe that the best way to go through life is happily joined with a kindred soul (meaning also, who could support the misery of an unhappy union?) At the time, I thought, with a little fortitude, that my goal would be a lofty 500 ceremonies, after which time, I would rest on my cherry blossoms and memories. Nearly 17 years have gone by, and still I am at it, accepting appointments and commitments, while my husband of 45 years is quite happily retired. Who has the advantage?
I would have to say that I Do! (no pun intended.) Maybe a decade ago, it was occasionally mentioned that I smile a lot. Finally, I realized that observation most often occurred when I had married a couple earlier in the day. So, the happiness is contagious and lasting--and surely--that's good for me, and everyone.