10/16/08

Love Thursday: Engagement Party



During my recent time at home, we threw a little India-themed engagement party for an old friend. Now, this being Love Thursday, and knowing it was an engagement party, you might think the evening was just to celebrate romantic love and an impending marriage. And, in a way, it was. But looking back at these photos, I think it was more about the love between old friends (and sisters). There is such love and comfort in the traditions of our friendship, having little dress-up parties such as this one (and this one in May), where we all wore saris, which require hands-on help for those of us who don’t wear them more than once a year. We also celebrate with special food during these get-togethers, enjoying each other’s company and old jokes.

And this time, I was appointed henna master, doing something I’d never tried before. There was something touching in the way eight women trustingly held their hands out to me, allowing me to trace designs on their skin that would remain for at least a week or two. And this is perhaps the heart of the matter: we’ve already traced designs on each other’s hearts and lives in the years we’ve known each other, designs that perhaps are a bit wobbly or uneven in places, but that remain forever nonetheless.
Thanks for my sister's help with two of these photos, since my hands were a little busy!

12 comments:

margie said...

beautiful.

Gayle said...

Awesome photos and wonderful post. Happy LT!

Kath said...

Gorgeous ... I love that your sister took the photos for you.

Happy Love Thursday.

secret agent mama said...

So perfect!

Shalet said...

That looks wonderful! Happy LT!

Mimi said...

Gorgeous.

Your scrapbook skills are helpful for being henna master.

ELK said...

beautiful and such a creative party theme! "Tracing designs on each others hearts" ~beautiful!

andie said...

Oh I just adore this. I've always wanted to try henna.
Beautiful...the photographs, your story and the friendship that you all share.

Love,
a.

Jewels said...

Wow, this is cool. Friends are the best!!!

Rebeca said...

You did a great job! We did that before my sister's wedding too, so fun! When I was in India I would be approached by lovely women with a hand outstretched. If you take the bait and shake their hand, they grab it, and with their other hand (which was slyly behind their back) they will begin to apply henna to you.... and charge you for it! Ah, India! I got tired of always being on guard, as the scams get a lot worse than that, but I love it and would return in a moment.

Kyla said...

These photos are just beautiful! You're quite the artist, you know . . . and sharing your talent with friends is such a blessing. Thanks for sharing.

Meadowlark Days said...

thank you, everyone! it was certainly a fun evening.