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Prairie Notes-For Richer and Poorer


Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Its been raining wedding invitations lately at our house. Thered been a drought for a few yearsjust long enough for this guest to gain a few years in age, if not in wisdom. Im not much on ceremony, but weddings interest me. Like many people, Ive attended to see what the dresses were like, how the church was decorated, and which songs were sung (anyone remembering the high note in "The Song of Ruth" would know what made that so interesting). Not anymore. These days I can no longer go as a passive guest. How can I possibly focus on the trappings and finery when I cant take my eyes off the bride and groom? Theyre so young! They must be only. . .then the math kicks in and I realize they really are not twelve.

Besides thinking the couple looks too young, I also know the statistics: over 50% of the weddings that took place this year will be overcome by the richer/poorer, sickness/health part of the vows and will not last "till death do us part." Yet the need to have a wedding, or be married is so strong that these odds are ignored as so many couples plan their weddings and "book" a church; (there can be a six-month to a year wait in Rochester or the Twin Cities if you want to get married in a church on a Saturday). Planning the perfect wedding, though, may take that long: the perfect gown, flowers, music, and food dont just appear in a week. Ive always appreciated the work that a beautiful wedding entails, but now it seems that the beauty takes a back seat to the enormity of what the couple is truly going to try to do. Maybe the brides and grooms dont look too young to have a wedding, they just look too young to be married.

When the vows are spoken, they are inclusive, but not overly detailed. You hear "for richer or poorer," but theres not even fine print that tells you what to do with the unexpected inheritance or holiday bonus, and whats romantic about financial planning anyway? Couples can busy themselves for hours just comparing how tiny her wrists are compared with his, but talking about salaries and debt seems almost sacrilegious. And do any of us even know how to be poor anymore? One look at the couples car(s) makes me wonder whether they think "poorer" means you have to give up satellite TV. What if "poorer" really happens?

You hear "in sickness and in health," but at 19 or 22 what do most of us really know of sickness? Caring for another person completely sounds romantic, .....
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Does It Matter?

Fri, Sep 27th, 2002
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I dont normally write about national politics, but I have been troubled by recent events in Washington, in particular the move by the Bush Administration to seek Congressional approval for the President to take military action against Iraq. & ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Sep 13th, 2002
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This is our invitation for us cousins that I talked about last week, up to my sister Dolly's in Goodhue. Chocolate is a vegetable!

Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Beans = vegetables. Sugar is derived from either sugar cane or sugar ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Sep 6th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, September 9, 2002

You wont believe me, but I was gone again this week, two days in a row. Wednesday our cousins (ladies only) met up at sister Dollys in Goodhue. There was nine of us plus Dollys two girls. We chatted ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 30th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, September 2, 2002

A tribute to teachers

God gave to you
the rarest gift
an understanding heart.
A gentle kindly manner
your wisdom to impart.
Oh, some men build
with steel and iron
to pave ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 26, 2002

Well, Im still alive, what a nice wedding we had last Saturday the 17th. My grandson was married at 4:00 p.m. and it was so pretty. I was there and was thinking, lady your getting old, this groom was my ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 16th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 19, 2002

What a fun day, dont plan anything, just do what you want to. My friend Betty came the other day. She called me in the morning and said she was coming over at 1:00 p.m. When she got to my house we just d ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 9th, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 12, 2002

Do you have days when you wonder what and why you get up in the morning? Well Ill tell you why I wonder.
The Joys of Aging

I have become quite a frivolous old gal. Im seeing five gentlemen ev ..... 
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Notes from a Country Kitchen

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2002
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Annabelle Kvam Monday, August 5, 2002

Still hot and humid, but then I guess its summer so we better enjoy it as time is marching on. Was out driving around the other day and when I seen a field of shocks I thought to myself, remember those ho ..... 
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