Everything is on the rise in this tumultuous economy – energy, food, clothes and school.
Even if a couple wants to tie the knot, they have to visit the local Justice of the Peace to make public (and legal) their vows of love, and also to save some major cheddar.
In the words of that sage, Danny DeVito, “Everyone needs money; that’s why they call it money.”
You priced out a wedding lately? The facilities, the officiant, the frilly decorations, the bad hotel food and the Valium you get upon the bill being printed.
Meet the betrothed couple in question: Dante White & Nhiahni Chestnut – both in love, with each other, out of work and without a home. BUT, they got married.
“I was basically living from day to day, trying to survive, and I wound up meeting him,” Chestnut told AFP at the couple’s wedding, held in the tiny chapel of Grace Episcopal Church in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood.
Sweet, right? Hold that thought.
At a recent Bible study at the aformentioned church, White mentioned in passing the joy of being married, if only he had the cash.
“In good Grace church congregation fashion, everyone got behind the idea: one person managed flowers, I helped with the wedding rings, one woman made the cake, someone helped with the tux and someone else with the bride’s gown,” she [some chic who goes to the church] said.
So, sweet now? Not so much.
The church paid for the wedding, rented the threads, made the cake and even sent them on a honeymoon. Only one thing… THEY ARE STILL HOMELESS.
How about thinking ahead Grace Church? Let’s keep it classy.
Maybe a trip to Tahiti can wait for… oh, I don’t know… an efficiency apartment in the friggin’ city! Are you kidding me? No one considered these two that way?
Kinda thins the blood of the pulse of this ministry, eh?
Sure, “love will keep us together” but the streets will rip any couple apart. Simply unconsicousable. But if I may wax eloquent:
Who, being loved, is poor? ~ Oscar Wilde
My vote (and soon coming prayers) would be for this couple. Sigh.