Paul and Kate got married and experienced a whole lot of “wow, this never usually happens” moments. And unfortunately, not really much of those moments were the good kind. I think I’ve talked about it before, but the flowers were wrong (ordered peonies, florist delivered carnations), dress was the wrong size (ordered a 2, store delivered a 14), cupcakes were wrong (ordered “m” logos, bakery installed them upside-down as “w” logos), flat tire on the way to the venue, zipper breaks 5 minutes before the ceremony, and the list goes on. But, they persevered and laughed.
They got pregnant with twins almost immediately after deciding they might want to have kids. What are the chances, right? Kind of as remote as having all those things go wrong at their wedding. VERY slim indeed. And then the “wow, this usually never happens” continued when they were born at 27 weeks. But, Paul and Kate persevered and laughed. Yes, even in a NICU…they found a way to laugh about things like weighing diapers.
Recently, I had a four-hour break during a split shift wedding in San Jose (morning ceremony and evening reception). I googled their address and my luck was good. Paul and Kate lived only 7 miles from where I was having lunch. I called and invited myself over for a visit. It has been three years since I saw Sadie and Izzy in their NICU incubators. What a difference. I’m so glad they have the “wow, this usually never happens” in their lives because those girls are healthy, happy, and without major health problems from their premature births…and I think that is rare, too. (Although, in a very “this happens all the time” way, Izzy ran her forehead into concrete just before I came for a visit. Kids always injure themselves before photo sessions.)
I look forward to the next stage of “wow, this never usually happens” in their lives. Because you know it’s gonna happen. Luckily, I think it’s for the better now.