Credit freezes are free under a federal law that just went into effect. Learn how to protect your credit.
by Carole Carson, AARP, November 21, 2008
Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
—Earl Mac Rauch
On the day of the wedding, as I had promised myself, I ate whatever I wanted and as much as I wanted. Festivities began with lunch at the bride's home. In an upstairs bedroom, a makeup artist worked on the entire bridal party, including this soon-to-be mother-in-law. In the excitement of becoming photogenic, I forgot all about food.
The wedding began with a walk to the mayor's office for a civil ceremony and photographs. Afterward we formed a caravan of cars to the chateau for another ceremony—this one more personal and spiritual. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres followed for guests. After a short break, about a hundred close friends and family members retired to a banquet hall on an estate built in a century past. There we enjoyed a formal dinner complete with entertainers, wine, ceremonies, toasts, a band, and dancing.
Each of the dozen or so courses (too many to keep track of) was accompanied by red and white wines. Interspersed with champagne toasts, we ate our way through the evening until well after midnight and then danced until dawn. Whatever extra calories I consumed were more than made up for by six hours of dancing, an extraordinary feat! By the time I returned to California, I had lost another three pounds and 5 more inches.
Next: Everything changes for Carole.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Exclusive program for members from OptumRx.
Members get 10% off monthly fees, plus free installation and package savings on a safety monitoring system.
Members can take a free confidential hearing test by phone.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at