Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Slobberdog Wedding of the Century

Yesterday (October 15, 2011), the nuptials between Fifi and Scruffy, GPL literacy slobberdogs, took place in Community Rooms A & B at Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library.  Over 100 patrons attended, most of whom were young children and their caregivers.  It was a struggle for my minions to find a spot to take photographs, as there were many picture-takers vying for the choicest vantage points.  We have some decent photos, which is amazing, considering that Scowl-Face was handling the digital camera.

Fifi in Her Wedding Dress

Fifi's wedding dress and headpiece included seed pearls and lace edging reminiscent of Princess Catherine's wedding dress.  Since Fifi is from London (and a mail-order bride to boot), she wanted to have a wedding dress fit for royalty.  She looked stunning and elegant.

Approximately 30 young flower girls comprised Fifi's bridal procession, who accompanied the bride as she walked down the aisle, as a gifted young pianist played Mendelssohn's Wedding March in C Major (1842).  The flower girls dropped daisy petals as they entered.

The Best Slobberdog, Groom, Minister, and Bride
(Along With Their "Handlers")
Begin the Wedding Ceremony

Scruffy and his best man --er-- slobberdog stood stage left as Fifi took stage right.  Scruffy looked quite dashing in his custom-made suit and tie, while the best slobberdog was eccentrically dressed in red tennis shoes and possibly short pants.  He wore a tie, so that's suitably dressed up.  A tie makes every guy look classy.

The ceremony began with Miss Rachel and a choir (comprised of youngsters in attendance) singing "L-O-V-E" (lyrics by Milt Gabler; music by Bert Kaempfert), which was perhaps most famously recorded by Nat King Cole in 1964.

Scruffy and Fifi Exchange Vows

John, the minister, lead the couple in reciting their vows.  Quick-thinking Lady With the Red Hair jotted down some of these, which were both touching and clever.  Scruffy promised to share treats and never growl, even if Fifi ate them all, while Fifi vowed to help at storytime and encourage children to read and especially to love the letter D.  (D for dogs, I'm guessing?)  Fifi also vowed to love Scruffy even when he growled at the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus, a point Scruffy vehemently denied, but his past conduct preceded him, and so he was "found out" and had to own up.

The minister pronounced the couple husband and wife, and Scruffy and Fifi exchanged slobberdog smooches.  To seal the deal, the wedding party and guests danced the "Chicken Dance."  (You may remember my using the "Chicken Dance" as a musical closer to previous postings.)

Chicken Dancing

Instead of throwing rice, the children blew bubbles to wish the happy couple a lifetime of blessings.  (The GPL Cleaning Crew was undoubtedly appreciative.) Next, Fifi and Scruffy posed for photographs, and then the really important activities began.  It was time to cut the cake and have some punch.

Wedding Cake (Donated by Sam's Club)
Decorated With Lillies-of-the-Valley
to Match the Bridal Bouquet

Hey, Slobberdogs, Please Don't Eat the Daisies
(Apologies to Jean Kerr)

The happy couple will be honeymooning at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  We wish them well and hope they bring us back some seashells.

The Happy Couple

Many thanks to Greenwood Public Library for inviting moi to a most wonderful wedding.  It was, quite plainly, the Slobberdog Wedding of the Century!  Fit for royalty, to be sure.  That's why I was invited.

Giving the Gift of My Presence,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Wedding News Beat

P.S.  Let's reprise "The Chicken Dance" as demonstrated by several long-time performers from The Lawrence Welk Show.  The video description lists the performers.

P.P.S.  Here's Nat King Cole singing "L-O-V-E" (1964).

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