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patterns of ink

How fruitless to be ever thinking yet never embrace a thought... to have the power to believe and believe it's all for naught. I, too, have reckoned time and truth (content to wonder if not think) in metaphors and meaning and endless patterns of ink. Perhaps a few may find their way to the world where others live, sharing not just thoughts I've gathered but those I wish to give. Tom Kapanka

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Three weeks ago today, I wrote a post called "When It Hit Me" about my daughter's wedding. That post began with...

"Not when I woke at six
to droning hair driers beyond our door.
Or when I stepped into the room
that had been hers for seven years
to see her mother lacing up the gown.
Or when she walked with elegance
down the driveway
for morning photos at the shore..."

These are those moments. I was not there. My brother Dave K. was the videographer. The photographer was Kelly W. If you'd like to see more wedding video clips, go back to When It Hit Me and click on the video links indicated by red underlined text.

We watched the entire DVD Friday evening and again last night with Keith's parents. It's been fun reflecting back on the day that, in one way or another, seems to have set the tone here for many months.

Believe it or not this lingering tone holds true for my pending post... "Bringing Home the Duncan Phyfe Part II." [I seem to be suffering from writer's block.] We'll be camping for most of this week, but I do hope to check in. Who knows, I may even finish that story. In the meantime, please enjoy this clip and those at that July 1st post.

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Blogger Julie said...

Wow! Those were beautiful! What a beautiful couple. You can just see and feel the love they have for each other. Many, many happy wishes! By the way tell MISS K. that my Em loved the pics too! thought she was beautiful!

22/7/07 8:27 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I appreciate all of your prayers. Our day was perfect... I can't wait to see your video and catch up.

I will do my "tag" at some point. I enjoy that sort of thing and it's a great way to get to know fellow bloggers.

I will post pictures soon.

I am delighted to hear your day was picture perfect too!

God is good!

22/7/07 9:19 PM  
Blogger SusieQ said...

Those were sweet moments captured forever so that they can be relived again and again. Your daughter is lovely. Ah! Life is good.

Summer is racing by for me. I've been working to get special time in with each of the grandchildren before school resumes and their schedules are full.

Enjoy your camping trip. I look forward to that Duncan Phyfe Part II story. I have been suffering from writer's block lately too. Must be in the air.

22/7/07 10:17 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Wow! Your note made me think of something for the first time. I've actually gotten used to hearing Em called Mrs.S_____, but it didn't hit me until you wrote it that she will never be Miss K. again. [Let me explain for those who don't know... my daughter Emily was a teacher's assistant in Julie's daughter Emily's classroom last fall. She is a 5-year el-ed program, with only student teaching left to complete this year.] I'll tell Em, Julie. Hey, I think the first comment I ever got from you was after a camping trip last summer. We're looking forward to this little getaway.

Hey, you made it. I know tons of your readers will want to know all about it, but take your time. Thanks for this quick update.
I knew when I tagged you last week that you wouldn't be able to do it for quite a while--do the wedding stuff first. =) So glad it all went well yesterday.

I'm going to pretend you did not just use those two words in sequence... "school resumes." I love school, love my job, and even think the building is way too quiet... but I'm still in desperate need of summer diversions like these few days of camping. I am glad you had some quality time with your grandkids. You said it, "Ah, life is good."
I'm glad to know that at least one person is waiting for me to finish that post. =)

22/7/07 10:51 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I am sure you are right about the time of my first post. It is ironic that as I wrote that post last night, I was catching-up after being gone myself camping for the last four days. We had a great time at a beautiful campground in Mancelona. It was quiet, clean and in a great location. Just a short distance to Traverse, Mackinaw, and Gaylord. Plus, the campground itself had lots for the kids to do. But now it is back to reality.

On another note, it never hit me that your Emily is no longer Miss K. Must have had some lapse! Een though her name is changed, I am sure she will remain the same sweet caring person and teacher she always has been. She comes by it naturally, we are so blessed to have your family at our school!

23/7/07 8:09 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Just took a break from packing for the week. It'll be hit and miss for wireless access up north.
That general Traverse City, Petosky area is one of our favorite places. I wrote about it at this post last June. We're going up there for a couple days in August with my brother who did the videotaping.

That was kind of you to say about Miss K now Mrs. S. She enjoyed working with students at our school.

23/7/07 8:11 PM  
Blogger the walking man said...

What a beautiful couple...I'm putting money down that she looks more like her mother (God is good isn't He?)
And it's VERY good she has a long neck or the poor fella would have a bad back eventually from picking her up to kiss her.

That really, and I hate the word sweet, but it's the only one that fits, the sweetest thing i have seen with these tired eyes in a long time thank you Tom for sharing it with us, your cyburbian community.

23/7/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I know what you mean about the word "sweet," but sometimes it fits without sounding sugary, and hearing you put it in these terms was very meaningful.

Well, I'm off to the woods with my family and sister and brother-in-law!

23/7/07 11:04 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Yes, the hiker is the same son and soon to be Methodist Minister.

Your daughter is just gorgeous and I can just feel the love through the pictures.

More later... I am so full of stories. I just can't focus.

24/7/07 10:20 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Wow! That's cool that he got to do the ceremony. I know a bunch of people will want to hear all about it! Break it into small chuncks (chapters) and take your time.

24/7/07 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad, thank you for the most beautiful wedding I could have ever imagined for myself. And to all the bloggers, thanks for the nice words. Love, Emily

25/7/07 11:47 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

Hi, Em,
It was fun having you guys at the campfire tonight. Come again before we break camp. (I have temporary wireless connection so I wanted to reply.) The pleasure of your wedding day was all ours (and Keith's folk's, too, I’m sure). The day was so beautiful from beginning to end. We were very proud of you and Keith and of all your siblings. It was truly fun and only a little bit "misty" now and then, but we managed to keep it light when we needed to (like doing the "Hokey Pokey" and "Chicken Dance" while waiting to go down the aisle).
I love you!

26/7/07 6:08 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

I did enjoy the clip. But I am still wondering what a Duncan Phyfe is.

26/7/07 4:19 PM  
Blogger the walking man said...

Don't tell her, but sometimes when my wife is at work and, I am thinking of the last 25 or so years I come here and play this clip. I say don't tell her because I wouldn't want her to think I am going soft or anything like that peace


31/7/07 4:10 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

As JRT said in another set of comments,”There’s no such thing as writer's block," but I'm not sure why it's taking me so long to wrap up that Duncan Phyfe story--actually, I do... in stead of "wrapping up" it keeps getting longer due to the fact that I realized it's not really a "short story" as much as a chapter. Thanks for your patience.

There's nothing wrong with "going soft" especially in matters of love. I've done the same thing. In fact, part of my "writer's block" this week is my being overwhelmed anew by the mystery of human love and commitment that says "for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part."

Since you've watched this more than once, I'll let you in on a secret my daughter told me. The opening moments of this clip are the first time the bride and groom saw each other that day. Those moments were not about photographs or video (though Dave did film it). When the counter in the screen is at 4:05, Keith says "Let's pray about the day."

1/8/07 4:20 AM  

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