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By Carol Perkins

On Christmas Day twenty-three years ago, Guy and I (and a plane of relatives) headed for Belton, Texas for the wedding of our son Jon to Beth Bellick. Jon met his future wife when he did a semester of studies with Centre College in London, and she was there with her school (TCU) as well. They dated for a year or so when they returned, and we knew he would marry his Texas girl and live in Texas. (He always said he wanted to live there.)

We were among a few other people on the plane, so the pilot and the flight attendants celebrated with us. (We might have embarrassed the groom-to-be!) Not anticipating the temperature to be coat weather, we weren't exactly prepared for the chill that greeted us, but the cool weather made the atmosphere perfect for a Christmas wedding.

With our sack of mistletoe that Jon shot out of a tree, we were ready to roll. We were going to use it as part of the rehearsal dinner decorations, but the venue was completely decorated for Christmas so all we had to do was add a little of this and that.

As the mother of the groom, I was lucky that the bride's mother, Mary, helped find the venue and all I had to do was choose the menu.

On the night of the rehearsal dinner, I was thankful to see so many of my family. My brother and his family, my mother and aunt, Guy's nephew and his family, his sister were there, and others would arrive the next day. I will never forget their generosity.

The wedding was breathtaking. I had gone with Beth (who lived in Louisville at the time) for a fitting of her gown, so I knew how gorgeous she would be, but what I didn't expect were the tears from Jon when he saw her. I wanted to rush up (like in a futuristic movie) and hand him a tissue without anyone noticing! The bridesmaids wore black velvet, and against her white dress, the altar of red poinsettias, and the beautiful decorations already in place, the Belton Methodist Church was gorgeous. Jon's friend Joey Shive from high school and his college buddies stood shoulder to shoulder and naturally, I thought Carla, as a bridesmaid, was beautiful. My Kentucky friends started crying when they saw Jon cry.

The reception was filled with live music, and the dancing never stopped. One of the funniest events was when my lifelong friend, Judy Wallace Ervin, caught her fake fingernail in a disposable camera, and it took several people to get it out! This was before fake nails were "in." It was dangling from her nail.

Twenty-three years later with three children, Luke (17), Eme (15), and Noah (13) that fill them with joy, Beth and Jon may never know how we appreciate their relationship and what good parents they are. Happy anniversary.

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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