Boisterous Page Boys and Angelic Bridesmaids?
About 18 months ago I wrote about our grandsons being very young – far too young as it turned out – page boys at their godparents' wedding. They were just 3 and 17 months, and were supposed to fulfill their duties along with another little girl of about 18 months and an even younger little boy.
The whole thing turned into a bit of a fiasco as none of them wanted to walk down the aisle (those who could walk, I mean) and the bride's entrance was accompanied by rather a lot of cries, objections and even wailing! No one seemed to mind though as it was a very relaxed occasion and the wedding went ahead whilst I and one father took the youngest children outside to play.
Tomorrow, we're going through the same kind of scenario but with much older grandchildren. They're now 4 and a half and nearly 3 – so a different ball-game altogether and this time it's the wedding of their aunty – their mother's sister. So I'm imagining they'll be joined by their cousins – 3 little girls, all similar in ages. And I can't wait to watch as the 5 of them process down the aisle.
I'm guessing that the little girls may be rather better behaved than the boys – only because, as any parent or grandparent of small children knows, boys can be so much more boisterous than girls. In fact you'd think that's where the word comes from wouldn't you? Boisterous as in BOYS: rowdy, rough, noisy, clangorous, uprorarious – all words that accurately describe our two. Yet the derivation seems to come from an old French/English word called boistrous meaning crude, and clumsy – maybe instead boys were named after boistrous?
Anyway, I'll be watching with an eagle eye- and will report back next week on the progress down the aisle – and during the service – and whether the boys were boisterous and the girls angelic. Or whether I'm just stereo-typing the sexes.