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Worth the Wait!

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Some things are worth the wait. Today brought three of them - along with more sunshine!

This morning, our wait was next to the fence outside of Buckingham Palace. We arrived early so that we could have a bird's eye view of the Changing of the Guards ceremony. A band could be heard in the distance as the somber soldiers in their brilliant red uniforms marched toward us with their guns and swords in hand. The crowds were massive and my left thigh engaged in a silent battle of its own with the girl behind me as she tried to push through me while we stood still. Luke knows better than to bring me into large, tight crowds (particularly after charging me up with a cappuccino). My patience disappears quickly at concerts when others are talking over the music I came to hear and at events like this when no respect is shown for historical property, soldiers, or the ceremony we came to participate in. I wanted to ask the crowd to use "library voices" and "show safe bodies" but fortunately for them after my thigh won its stand-off, the ceremony began. I took enough photos to make a running slideshow. Each soldier's diligence was beyond impressive and the obsessive-compulsive component to the ceremony, including the calculated pacing, was intriguing. The red-coated band concluded the guard change with a bold series of songs which opened with Indiana Jones, followed by Star Wars, and even included Aladdin! Worth the wait!

This afternoon, our wait was at Platform 9 3/4 in King's Cross Station. We waited in a lengthy line for our turn to get our photograph with Hedwig and the luggage cart that was halfway through the brick wall. The character working the platform was a fantastic Malfoy, which was fun to watch and he harassed the kids for their insistence on wearing Gryffindor scarves for the picture. It must have been Jaden's green eyes that made him so confident that he should be a Slytherin. We were also given Bertie Bott's beans while waiting. Luke had a sausage flavor, Jaden had vomit, Justice must have gagged before giving hers a label, and I managed to get away with marshmallow! The entire King's Cross Station experience for a family of Harry Potter lovers was definitely worth the wait!

This evening's wait came to a close after over 17 years. Luke and I started dating in the fall of 1997. If you missed my version of how our story unfolded, please go to http://gearhardsgo.travellerspoint.com and look for the blog in Germany that I believe is titled "Once Upon a Time". Luke tends to miss details around stalking, so stick with me if you'd like accuracy. I digress. We parted ways that winter and he spent a month between London and Paris getting art credits, while I took the month and backpacked through New Zealand for P.E. credits. After returning home, he promised he'd take me back to the top of the Eiffel Tower with him (check point in 2011!) and to see Les Miserables in London's Queen's Theatre. I had no idea what we were in for. It was a phenomenal production. As the kids happily ate their intermission ice cream, I linked my fingers through Luke's and looked around us. Seventeen years plus... All of it - so worth the wait!

Posted by akgearhard 07:36 Archived in England

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