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Geri Larkin: When Flowers Talk

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 Over the years, I performed around a hundred wedding and domestic union ceremonies. I’d usually end up tearing up at some point during the ceremony. Sometimes it was from feeling thrilled, like when a young man picked his bride right up out of her wheelchair to give her a proper wedding kiss. Sometimes the tears were from laughter, as when an entire congregation in a church yelled at the couple and me to go back up to the altar—I had neglected to ask them to kiss each other as husband and wife.Sometimes I wept at the kindness of strangers. I remember a wedding nearly 20 years ago in a small town in Michigan, for a young lesbian couple whose families hadn’t been able to come to grips with their relationship and wouldn’t attend. Yet the couple found themselves walking up the aisle together in a church crammed with supportive people, people they didn’t even know. Their friends, filling the first few pews, had been joined by catering staff, church staff, their wedding planner and her assistant, and just about everyone else within hearing distance, including the groundskeeper.But even now that I’m atte …

Geri Larkin is the founder and former head teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of many books including Stumbling Toward EnlightenmentBuilding a Business the Buddhist Way,Tap Dancing in ZenFirst You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada

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