There is a malaise that has become stronger as the days go on. Recent polling indicates that 70% think the country is going in the wrong direction. That poll was conducted by The New York Times/CBS, hardly beacons of the conservative opponents of President Obama. Gas prices are up, inflation is creeping into our lives bringing higher grocery prices and consumer goods in general - we've been warned by everyone from Walmart to McDonalds that pricing is going up on their products. Unemployment is still at historically high levels. We are involved in three wars now in the Middle East.
The fact is, for many of us the royal wedding was a very welcome distraction from all that is going on in the real world. It is good to celebrate marriage, love, a beautiful wedding of historical significance. This is the future King and Queen of England, our faithful ally in the world.
So, we enjoyed the frivolity and the rituals.
There were menus suggested for your Royal Wedding viewing:
Lavender Earl Grey Scones
Bread and Butter Pudding
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
Champagne, Coffee, and Tea
Yummy. Now if only I had a butler and cook...
Mimosas all around!
And, the hats. Is there any better spectacle than a formal British affair and the wide array of hats it brings? Now, that's entertainment.
The bride and groom were well rehearsed and performed with dignity and maturity. What more could be asked of them? The bride was stunning in a beautiful dress of white and cream satin. She sported a vintage (1938) tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth. William was handsome in his military uniform.
The Bishop of London said during his sermon: "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." I liked that a lot.
To the spoil sports I say, you have no power here! The wedding lived up to the hype and it was great fun to focus on good news, the magnificence of a traditional royal ceremony, and all the extravagance that goes along with it.
They will now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Well done, it was a fine ceremony. And, now back to reality.