Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Laurianne and I went to Hamilton for her aunt's wedding this past long weekend. I've been to more than a few weddings, but there is always something special about Burundian weddings. Dancing at Canadian and Dutch-Canadian weddings is either non-existent or reserved for the young, the adventurous, and/or the slightly inebriated. The graceful dance I've witnessed at Burundian weddings is a pleasure to watch and a powerful symbol. The dancers urge the bride and groom to dance and gradually invite more and more of the guests to the floor. Soon, it seems, almost the entire wedding is dancing around the bride and groom and there are broad smiles all around. The community is united in the joy of the newly married couple. Now, if only I didn't look so awkward when I danced.


David Koyzis said...

So I assume you were not slightly inebriated, John. :-)

It was good to see you for a few minutes at the supermarket. I almost didn't recognize you without the beard.

John den Boer said...

Yes, it was nice to see you too. My family tells me that I also gained a little weight which makes my face a little fuller.

Who deh?