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To Picture A Wedding Dress
By Oralya G Ueberroth
Posted: Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Last edited: Friday, August 17, 2007
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Dear writers,

We "readers" are paying attention.

I have escaped through the portals of a thousand pages, following characters through trial and adventure. I lived with them, ate with them, and carried them with me wherever I walked, and our worlds merged and they became part of my life. Wherever they led, I faithfully followed, staying close to the people I would at times love or hate, but always respect.

I watched them from the beginning, overcoming evil or living simple lives yet saving the world. I shared their sorrows, laughter and poor choices. Finally, after generations of history together, I was led to a moment of wonder. It was a moment of perfect commitment and love between the hero and princess, who had struggled so desperately against outside influences and their own immature and limited knowledge of love to finally come together. And the author wrote, “…and there she stood, in a long white satin gown.”

After all of the struggle and desperation, there was no savory moment. No moment in which the trials of the past were vindicated by the splendor of love conquering all. This was her moment, their moment. But it passed without flowers, without detail, without the extravagance she’d earned and the beauty he deserved. She was unfinished and so became a wrinkle in the generational fabric. I followed through six books and took everything the author dealt without complaint. Until now. In her defense, I offer this.

To Picture a Wedding Dress

     To picture a wedding dress, you need to have loved a little girl. You should have held her hand when she was ready to take her first plane ride and watched her face as the jet engines roared to life.

     To picture a wedding dress, you should have walked her into class on her first day of school, prized every finger-painted masterpiece, and cried with her, when love first broke her heart. The mindless little songs she made up and sang constantly should continue to haunt your mind. You should understand the transformation of an ordinary bed sheet into tulle, and the train should be as full and long as the life walk that you both made to arrive at this very special moment.

     To picture a wedding dress, you must infuse it with the image of her first toddling steps, the smile of achievement on her lips and the glitter of success in her eyes. You must force the reader to see the image of that success in every shining bead upon the bodice, and make them understand that each of those simple beads represents a wish that was made for her future.

     You must describe the renegade sparkle of grief when light hits the gown as she moves past, beyond your influence, down the isle to another prism of life.

     You must be able to feel the sweat of her fever upon your cheek as you paced the floor with her on your shoulder.

     You must recall how she once carried the bright yellow dandelions of her childhood which have since been replaced with the pale pink roses of a woman.

     You must have loved her, to picture her wedding dress.

     The baby fresh scent of her newness, the purity and hope which still lingers, but is it from her cheek or only in your memory? It is a scent untarnished by the world.

     Upon the satin, your own pattern is embroidered, silently, invisibly, holding the beads firmly in place. Adding something of yourself to her texture, if only to remind them that even now, you are a foundation for her, filling an unassuming role, but constant.

     As the lace falls delicately from her shoulders, the reader should wonder about the load those shoulders will have to bear in the future, and think of all that she has already accomplished, and already become. They must see the delicate veil, which was once no more than a beach towel, replaced by the intricate lace, which like her, is complex and beautiful.

     Teach the reader to hear the satin of her gown whisper while she passes. If you love her, you hear the whisper of a little girl’s voice sharing her many secrets to a loving ear.

     Only then can you truly understand.

     Only then can you paint the image of the multi layered skirt, revealing the layers of her life to them, and the layers of your love for her. And they will come to know her, and where her fullness comes from.

And they will love her too.  


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Reviewed by Annette Hendrix Williams 9/13/2007
That is so wonderful. Why are you simply a reader and not an author. You have what it takes.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 8/9/2007
Exceptional work
Reviewed by Jean Pike 8/7/2007
Absolutely beautiful!

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