The TMI Files. Hell's (Wedding) Bells!My best friend's daughter got married on Sunday. The weather was gloriously bright and breezy. Maybe a bit too breezy for the bride and her coterie of attendants, but it was hot, sunny, and we were all at a winery in the country.
The service was lovely, the couple happy and glowing. All of which you would expect.
But, as often happens, there is someone who didn't necessarily come with the couple's nuptials in mind.
In this case, the bride's father.
He would easily be classed as a 'deadbeat dad'.
He and my best friend (hereafter known as BF) separated and divorced when the bride was a little tacker - around the same age that Magilla is now, actually - and he's never made much of an effort since then. He paid almost no maintenance for the child (was in arrears of thousands of dollars until BF and he came to an agreement a few years back to write it off. Peace of mind is more important in the long run, and he was never going to pay up.
He missed birthdays, rarely made any effort to visit with his daughter. BF was the one who kept in touch with his side of the family tree to ensure that the girl knew all of her family. You know the story. Needless to say, there's more to it, but the bare bones are enough here.
So Dad hasn't been a large part of her life, and she's getting married. Who gives away the bride in cases like this?
Her grandfather. The one who brought up her own mother, who supported her and loved her unconditionally, was there through all the tough times in the single-parent family.
You see where this is going, don't you? Yup. Dad had a hissy fit, took his wife and son (half-brother of the bride and page boy), and went home. After the ceremony and a few free drinks, but before the entree at the reception. And after the bride was reduced to tears.
I hope he's proud of himself - his daughter has now disowned him.
A man in his 40s throwing a tantrum at his daughter's wedding.
The saddest thing of all? Nobody was surprised. The general feeling was that if he hed stayed for the night he would have picked a fight with someone and it would have been on for young and old. Just as well he left.
Bloody Ballarat Bogan.