Wednesday, 20 August 2008

ABC Wednesday: E for Eternity



It's ABC Wednesday again, and E is for eternity.

When I got married, I decided it would be for eternity. The Greek Orthodox wedding service made it sound like a grave decision that could not be overturned. The priest at St Nicholas church in the village of Galatas blessed our crowns, linked with a ribbon, joining the bride and groom, binding them for life. The crowns are kept throughout the married life of the couple, and there are even special frames available to keep them in. I wanted to put them in the same frame my parents had kept theirs in, but who knows what my father's wife did with it; at the time, I thought it impolite to ask. In any case, she ended up tearing her wedding crowns from the wall (for the second time) when she left him, which really was a waste of time and crown money in the first place.

I never got round to buying a frame for the crowns; for the last nine years, they've been hanging next to my wedding photo. I also kept a few flowers that had been used in my posh hairdo on the day of my wedding, and because I like to be fair to my husband and give him space, I salvaged a little bit of what was left of his wedding suit tie and stuck it onto the picture frame. The rest of the tie was cut up and fried, to be eaten as a dessert after the wedding banquet by his friends, according to a modern ritual. Men really are queer, aren't they?

30 comments:

  1. One might say that nothing lasts for ever - not even the marriage clothes.

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  2. This is an interesting post. I like it a lot and yes, men are weird.

    Nice "E" today.
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    Troy and Martha

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  3. Love is in the (web) air!:)

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  4. I hope your marriage is for eternity.Marriage ceremonies vary so much around the world don't they...you wrote beautifully of your's.

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  5. Ok that's a new one for me. Frying the tie and eating it??!!
    I'm glad your crowns are still hanging together. :0)

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  6. Eternity is good :-) I recognise Thodorou Island in your blog. Me and my famaly went to Alexandra Beach last year. A very nice hotel.

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  7. Marriage eternal--that's the way it is meant to be!

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  8. That's beautiful and as it should be. What lovely mementoes to keep. The men eat the tie?!!!!

    Oh, by the way, not Eleanor Rigby but Eight Days a Week!

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  9. They ATE the tie??? Ick! Oh well. Lovely post, though, and such a nice custom - the crowns! :D

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  10. This is a great post... love and laughter is well cover here... great E post

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  11. Oh, great take on "E" this week! I love your post!

    My E picture is now posted, too! You can check it out HERE if you have the time. Thanks!

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  12. I love the picture and the commentary. I didn't know about the crowns. Sorry about the frame, but your display quite pretty.

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  13. I had heard about the crowns for a Greek Orthodox wedding.
    But I must say this is the first time I heard about eating the grooms' tie.
    I agree Men are really queer!!

    Bear((( )))

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  14. very interesting an beautiful post!


    Check out my Engine here

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  15. That is a new tradition for the men and I agree..its weird. Terrific post for E.

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  16. Beautiful post.

    Gary
    Bodge's Bulletin

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  17. Me again! But did you look carefully at the calendar?!

    Oh and I've just seen your weather report at the side: 26 and clear. Today here looks as if it's going to be grey and miserable again!

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  18. Eternity is long especially at the end !

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  19. What a romantic response! Beautiful pic and I love the comments attached!

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  20. Beatuifully writtem sentiments. A very intimate post.

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  21. Fried tie? How much Tsikoudia is called for in that recipe? Similarly, who is the master chef of this delicacy?

    P.S. Ask the master crust maker for directions on how to make a shadowbox frame to preserve the crowns together in an archival protective manner should you wish to go that way.

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  22. I've heard that at some places the friends of the groom cut his tie but it's the first time I hear about "fried ties". This ritual must be brand new!

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  23. That's a wonderful 'E'. I think love & marriage is for eternity.
    Beautiful pic and thoughts.
    I have my 'E' posted.

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  24. tie-eating is a new custom for me too - we'd pror#bably tie to it to the back bumber of the honeymoon car

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  25. You both look just so lovely & happy. Enjoyed the story about your father's wife - he's probably better off not to have her for eternity. Was the tie actually eaten??? My mom is Serbian Orthodox,& I love the service & the wedding ceremonies. I still know Our Father better in old Slavonic than in English :)

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  26. Dear Maria,
    Congratulations on your Anniversary.Wishing you best of Health, Joy,& Happiness together.Writting this entries is priceless for your children and fortunate for us that we could escape in your read. Keep it going!!!!!!

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  27. Love it! Bring on the romanace! We are planning a little celebration in a couple of years.

    Thanks for ABC Wednesday contribution, much appreciated.

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