Wedding Pages: Readings

Douglas Adams, from So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, read by Kavita Goyal

Antoine de Saint Exupéry, from The Little Prince, read by Alex Fridman

Bill Watterson, from "Calvin + Hobbes", read by Janet Stemwedel (Calvin) and Alex Gilman (Hobbes)

Joan Ryan, from theSan Francisco Chronicle, read by Jeff "Pantyhose" Davis

A.A. Milne, from Now We Are Six, read by Mark Lucianovic (Christopher Robin) and Grace Chang (Pooh)

For Arthur, who could usually contrive to feel self-conscious if left alone for long enough with a Swiss cheese plant, the moment was one of sustained revelation. He felt on the sudden like a cramped and zoo-born animal who wakes one morning to find the door to his cage hanging quietly open and the savanna stretching gray and pink to the distant rising sun, while all around new sounds are waking.

He wondered what the new sounds were as he gazed at her openly wondering face and her eyes that smiled with a shared surprise.

He hadn't realized that life speaks with a voice to you, a voice that brings you answers to the questions you continually ask of it, had never consciously detected it or recognized its tones until it now said something it had never said to him before, which was "yes."

"But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world. . ."

"If you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat. . ."

Calvin: "True friends are hard to come by.
I wish people were more like animals.
Animals don't try to change you or make you fit in. They just enjoy the pleasure of your company.
Animals aren't conditional about friendships. Animals like you just the way you are.
They listen to your problems, they comfort you when you're sad, and all they ask in return is a little kindness."

Hobbes: "WHOOONK! (Sob) It's so. . . so TRUE! HOOOOT! THBPBTPTH!
. . .And speaking of "a little kindness," I'd have a tuna fish sandwich any time soon that you happen to make one. . ."

Calvin: "Of course, SOME animals get on your nerves once in a while."

When we got married, I remember being overwhelmed by the notion that another human being would commit himself to me. That is what is irresistible about marriage, I think. Somebody is willing to bet the house on you, to shove all their chips in with yours and never flinch. This still amazes me, the power of commitment. It can transform spun-sugar romance into something as solid and deep as a family.

Marriage, I have discovered, is like eating Peking duck in your bathrobe; you get to be with this great person whom you'd date if you were still dating but now you can enjoy him without having to put on pantyhose.

Marriage isn't a seamless union but a patchwork that emerges slowly, stitch by stitch, until one day, eight years later, you find yourself wrapped inside it. You don't ask how it happened. You just pull it tighter around your shoulders.

Us Two

Wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
"Where are you going to-day?" says Pooh:
"Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.
Let's go together," says Pooh, says he.
"Let's go together," says Pooh.

"What's twice eleven?" I said to Pooh,
("Twice what?" said Pooh to Me.)
"I think it ought to be twenty-two."
"Just what I think myself says Pooh.
"It wasn't an easy sum to do,
But that's what it is," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what it is," said Pooh.

"Let's look for dragons," I said to Pooh.
"Yes, let's," said Pooh to Me
We crossed the river and found a few -
"Yes, those are dragons all right," said Pooh.
"As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That's what they are," said Pooh, said he.
"That's what they are," said Pooh.

"Let's frighten the dragons," I said to Pooh.
"That's right," said Pooh to Me.
"I'm not afraid," I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted "Shoo!
Silly old dragons!" - and off they flew.
"I wasn't afraid," said Pooh, said he,
"I'm never afraid with you."

So wherever I am, there's always Pooh,
There's always Pooh and Me.
"What would I do?" I said to Pooh,
"If it wasn't for you," and Pooh said: "True,
It isn't much fun for One, but Two
Can stick together," says Pooh, says he.
"That's how it is," says Pooh.

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