In Praise of Naïveté
July 10, 2011 2 Comments
I just got home from the wedding of a young couple who have dated for a few years, and are delightful people. They met when he was fresh out of college and she was in high school (!) and spent a few years making eyes at each other before it was okay for them to start officially dating. Theirs is a beaujolais relationship – young, fresh, and completely un-ironic.
I was struck by the innocence and obviousness of their love for each other – it is unleavened by the cynicism which has infected the modern age, and in that is like a throwback to a better time. My hope for them is that they maintain this un-ironic view of each other, and serve as a reminder to all the rest of us that comparison to the bitter is not necessary for something to be sweet.
I’ll certainly pay for dancing and clapping, but it was worth it; I got to rejoice at the union of two dear friends, and that’s worth a lot.