Mark Gevisser penned a beautifully moving commentary for the New York Times last week that I forgot to mention until Projector Enoch sent it in to the tip line. Thanks Enoch; everyone should go read this uplifting short piece about getting married in South Africa.
With a green highlighter she underlined a reminder that at least two witnesses were required. "We have room for 20," she said, "so bring all your friends and family." "No, no," I protested. "It'll be just two. We don't want to make a fuss."
She arched her eyebrows disapprovingly and pulled out a pink highlighter to underline another injunction: "If you have rings, please bring them with you."
We were not planning on rings, I said.
"Why not?" She answered her own question: "Ah, you don't want to make a fuss!" And then, in counselling mode: "Do you think you are a second-class citizen because you are gay? You have full rights in this new South Africa. You have the right to make a fuss."
Sometimes you just need a little something to make you smile. This did it for me today.