It’s Spring and suddenly the N3 lists of those who are making public their application for the licensing necessary to wed in the State of Michigan are experiencing a bit of a boom. Our friend Flora at the County Clerk’s Office handed over the roster of signees and it was noticed that instead of the occasional couple every week or so that found their way to the county building over the winter there seemed to be more of a robust pursuit of matrimony of late. When I remarked on the size of the list Flora smiled and said ‘Well, it’s spring you know.”
What is it about spring?
Granted, it’s a captivating season up here in this bipeninsular paradise with everything outside popping out in a splendid spectrum of colors, but it’s the promise of what lies ahead that makes this time of year so compelling. The feeling we have that what we see around us is only going to grow and flourish in the days yet to come.
What better way to start on a life together as a married couple than to do it in the season that sings out promise?
I mean if you think about it, the whole marriage thing is just that, right? A promise. It might take a different shape and form depending on the dynamics of the couple involved but there’s an agreement of sorts that extends light years beyond a handshake deal over the purchase of a car or a fist bump consensus on a tee time.
This is a ‘no matter what happens I’m in for the long haul’ kind of promise. The kind you only make when you absolutely and without a doubt believe in your ability to keep it.
As well as in the deep connection that compels you to make it.
These couples recently made their way to the Newaygo County Clerk's office in White Cloud:
Michael Robinson, Fremont and Lynnae Bukala, Fremont
Ryan Essebaggers Fremont and Amanda Brandt, Fremont
Cody VanderPanne, Newaygo and Jenne Bush, Grant
Beth Kelenova, White Cloud and James Mitchell, White Cloud
Brianna Slater, Grant and Michael Bautista, Grant
Derrick Hill, White Cloud and Cheyenne Nelson, White Cloud
Chuck McCloud, Fremont and Wantita Rew Theng, Thailand
“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up about it.” Ogden Nash