One of the good things about having the whole Rauscher clan in the house, is that we were ALL able celebrate Mary Claire and Tyler’s engagement.
The next stage of this engagement party was The Ottoman! It has been a tradition in this family to throw the unsuspecting young man, who wants to marry one of our own young ladies, onto the ottoman. Everyone…yes, all 30 or so of us…gathers around him.
This a chart of the wedding budget. Tyler started out the day with 100% of the budget. As the day went on, a percentage was taken off or put back on according to things he said or did. At one point he had many points taken off for measuring against Mary Claire in the bocci ball tournament. (He’s just too honest!)
Everyone in the room had the opportunity to ask Tyler a question. For example…”When did you know MC was the one?” And “Where do you see your life in 5 years?” “How many children do you want?” “What are the qualities that made you fall in love with her?” Good questions!
“Do you know the Hot Dog Dance?” Because, by golly, that most definitely shows character! And you know what? The guy got up with Mr. Hudson, 2 years old, and did the Hot Dog Dance! Tyler and Mary Claire also showed off their swing dancing skills….with no music! Full of talent, I say.
Aaron loved this whole event due to the fact he was the first one on the ottoman many years before. Many might think this is just cruel and unfair to put an innocent young lad in the middle of a room to be peppered with questions by practical strangers. Maybe. But then the way we look at it is that we love our family so much, we live so far a part and in this one opportunity we need to get to know this “about-to-be” newest member of our family. We’ve asked the few lucky ones who have had the honor of sitting on the ottoman what their feelings were about it. Each have said it was one of the most terrifying things they have ever done, but it was so worth doing. They felt the love, the sense of humor and admiration from this family. In fact, Tony, (who married Alex, who now has two little boys and live in Massachusetts, but we’re able to come this year) still has the card he wore around his neck many years ago on the ottoman. Grandma had given him 100 points just for being Italian. (She on the other hand is Scotch-Irish with a touch of Yankee.) needless to say, Tony was upset that they couldn’t be here because he reeaallllly wanted to be on the outside of the circle. So we Skyped!
Thanks for dropping by and reading a little bit about my life!