The joy of a wedding

Published 4:14 am Friday, August 25, 2017

Oh, I am deliriously happy and still basking in the glow of my sweet daughter’s marriage to a man who I feel is equally as loving, last weekend. Brook was a victim of her first marriage, though it did bring her the love of her life, Izzy. I do hope John will prove to be just another love of my child’s life. And I believe he will!

It has been said that a parent can only be as happy as his or her least happy child. Danny and I have watched our nothing-but-good child struggling the past few years, through no fault of her own. She was blindsided when she was only trying to do the right thing for her family. If you want my theory, just ask me.

Of course, Brook, who is all about theatre, got married at Le Petit Theatre, which is just off Jackson Square in New Orleans on Saturday, when more than 1,000 people were marching from Congo Square to Jackson Square in protest of hate groups and to celebrate the life of Heather Heyer, who was run down by an alleged white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va.

But that is a sad thing, and I want my columns to be joyful, so moving right along, I’ll just say that I was very happy to find that the New Orleans march and others ended peacefully.

My child used to work for the Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans. So she devised a plan to take us to take us to Galatoire’s Restaurant, since Stella and Blanche talked about eating at that establishment in Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In addition, Brook played the role of Blanche, and Galatoire’s was having some kind of specially priced three-course meals. Brook said the wedding cost them next to nothing. And Mmm! It was superb!

Of course, Danny and I are no spring chickens, and I was a bit nervous about him driving us into the big city. I was even more nervous when he couldn’t seem to stay in his lane and drifted into others on the three-lane interstate. He hasn’t been sleeping lately, and that realization really helped my mood! And did I mention our vehicle was threatening to stall?!

I don’t drive on interstates, but when we got off in Pearl River on the way back, I was more than happy to take the steering wheel. And we made it home safe and sound. And blessed!

Marcelle Hanemann is a reporter for The Daily News. You can email her at or call her at 985-732-2565, ext. 301.