I’ve Seen You on T.V.

I admit it – I’m a sucker for Cheese. I loooove me some Cheese – that is, anything that’s cheesy and entertaining with little intellectual value. TV is my favorite form of Cheese delivery, but I’m also fond of magazines and other news reports. In a pinch, any form of Cheese will do, but I really love awards shows and anything else that involves pretty dresses and other eye candy.

Yesterday, I found out I’d be hitting the Cheese Jackpot next summer – a royal wedding. Prince William finally proposed to his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, setting the stage for what promises to be a Cheese Extravaganza. From now until months after the wedding, we’ll be inundated by all sorts of Cheesy goodness. It’s a dream come true for many royal watchers and a happy occasion for others. After all, who doesn’t like a good wedding?

Thing is, there are other wedding coming up that won’t receive a fraction of the attention that the Royal Wedding will. Why? Because the don’t involve famous people. I’m not sure who has the better deal. Watching someone on tv can make us feel like the person is close to us, even if we’ve never met. I fondly watching remember Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s wedding on TV. I also remember reading about their marriage breakdown and eventual divorce. Their lives were lived out on a stage. Now their son is taking his turn. I hope his marriage turns out far differently.

One of the nicest things I read was that Price William proposed to Kate Middleton using his mother’s engagement ring, so that Princess Diana could be part of that day with him. It’s a lovely yet bittersweet way for him to remember his mother. I’m sure she’d be pleased with her son’s choice of future spouse. But then, how can I be? I never had the chance to meet her. I only know what I’ve read about her and seen on tv. It seems, well, Cheesy for me to comment on an occasion that I am not involved it. But the magic of Cheese is that we feel involved, if only for just a moment. It’s not reality, though – also the definition of good Cheese. It’s en escape for us, even if the involvement of others is very real.

One thing I do know about Princess Diana is that one of her favorite groups was Duran Duran. She reportedly loved their song “Rio.” So do I. I don’t listen to them much anymore. I left my devotion to the behind in the 80s. Like all good Cheese, sometimes things go past their prime.

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