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I blundered into marriage and having kids with a cheerful ‘how hard can it be?’ But we’ve made it this far with a wonky kind of love

Bill Linnane


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There is no one definition of marriage. Stock image

There is no one definition of marriage. Stock image

There is no one definition of marriage. Stock image

The best kind of wedding to attend is one that is not your own. The second best kind is one where there are no kids invited. I have terrible memories of a wedding I attended some years ago where the couple had disgracefully had a child out of wedlock some years before and without any hint of shame allowed said toddler to roam all over the altar during the ceremony, knocking over flower displays and almost toppling the holy candle.

Sadly that wedding was my own and said child, now almost 20, still expresses regret that she didn’t burn the place to the ground. Perhaps this is why I think kids shouldn’t be at weddings, or to be more accurate, my kids shouldn’t.


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