24 February 2013

Oh take my heart and let it beat, To the sound of dancing feet

Yesterday was fabulous. Mycroft and Sherlock both looked very smart and behaved impeccably.

Sherlock managed to twist a lot of adults around his finger and get them sorting out confetti for him, like a chain gang. Mycroft talked politely to a lot of people, and danced with the little bridesmaids (and a few others!) and I'm sure most people thought he was rather old than 14 - he certainly looked very grown up in his suit.

I played okay. Few bits wrong, but I don't expect anyone noticed. John and I danced, which was lovely, and it was...yeah, nice to feel like we could just be ourselves. There was a good mix of couples, both same sex and not, as well as plenty of people there with friends and family. I did feel sorry for the boys - Mycroft especially, for having to field quite so many questions about if John and I were his Dads. And all the usual ones about school that grown up seem to feel obliged to ask :) but he handled it admirably!

Jo and Lisa are off on their honeymoon tomorrow, but they sent a little thank you note today, for playing for them, and included this picture. They said I could share it with you all, and to thank you for your good wishes.





That's as they said their vows. It was fantastic. The registrar was lovely. Jo (left) wore a dress made of antique lace, and Lisa (right - obviously!) was in a more modern looking satin-y dress. They both looked gorgeous, and very happy, and everything was completely perfect. Jo did look rather nervous as they walked in, which I can completely understand.

I hope, in these changing times, that they can enjoy their honeymoon, and their partnership, for many years to come. And more publicly than the past allowed. So much has changed recently - even since I was married. We really kept everything quite secret. As you might have gathered, by the fact no one at the Yard knew I was married to another man.


Anyway, today we had to drop Mycroft back at school. You can tell he's enjoying life a bit more now he has his own room. I know he's still friends with his old roommate, which is nice. But I can imagine it's far more relaxing to have somewhere that's just your own space at the end of the day. His room, as you can imagine, is full of books. He's got a few pictures up too, though.


73 comments:

pandabob said...

They look so happy :-D and its very nice of them to let you share the picture with us. I hope they have a very long and happy life together in a world that changes more and more along the way :-)

I'm glad Mycroft's happy at school, personal space makes a lot of difference to teenagers I always think.

I hope the evening ahead of you is full of fun and relaxation :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

It was a lovely day, and everything went so smoothly...maybe we can get them to plan ours as well. ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Not a chance. They'd do everything Sherlock told them to!

John H. D. Watson said...

He already wants motorcycle shaped confetti...

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm certain there will be many things he wants which he won't get.

AnonyBob - hope you have a relaxing evening too.

As soon as I wrote all this about the world changing, I read a news story about a young (male) couple being refused a double bed in a hotel in London. So...yeah, not changing fast enough. And I hate that I'm always plagued by worries that things like that will happen to us.

John H. D. Watson said...

The changes never happen fast enough, but at least they're happening.

pandabob said...

that's not nice :-( I can't work out why anyone cares but then I think who someone shares their bed with is entirely their business and none of mine!

I would fear for any hotel that refused you two a room because they'd have the entire internet to deal with ;-) its crazy you have to even think about it though :-(

Greg Lestrade said...

AnonyBob - I'd fear for them because if Sherlock got wind of it he'd have words with them! ;)

I think, in lots of cases, my worry is unfounded, and based on past experiences which probably really are behind us, thankfully.

pandabob said...

A good shin kicking might make them see sense you never know ;-)

Sherlock said...

YES I would kick them.

I liked the dresses. Suits are more boring than dresses.

pandabob said...

Do you think you Lestrade and John should wear dresses for their wedding then Sherlock?

or sparkly suits maybe? ;-)

Anon Without A Name said...

I can only imagine that the hotel chain is spitting feathers; but surely the receptionist must know that their actions were not just unethical and immoral, but illegal? Especially after all the kerfuffle last year over those B&B owners.

That's a lovely photo of Jo and Lisa - so much love and happiness :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Don't start him on sparkly suits...

pandabob said...

but dresses is ok?

John H. D. Watson said...

I'll get L a purple ball gown...

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - I guess people will always be able to justify their own prejudices/discriminations to themselves, for whatever reasons.

And isn't it a great photo! It really was a wonderful, joyous day. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of it.

AnonyBob - I don't have any interest in seeing John in (another) dress, really. And I'm not sure I've got the figure for it. Not many curves - at least, not in any of the right places! And probably a bit too much grey chest hair for a nice cut at the front...

Piplover said...

Lestrade, you'd be surprised at what a good corset could do for your figure! It gives you curves where you never they would exist!

pandabob said...

looks like John might feel differently Greg ;-)

I am of course kidding, suits will be very smart and you'll both look amazing :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger, do we need to talk about this?

Piplover - yeah? And I could still...you know, breathe, and eat, and important things like that? At the very least, I'd need to be able to squeak out 'I do', or something...

John H. D. Watson said...

No, although I did have a dream last week where we got married and you were wearing a giant bird costume. It didn't really suit you.

Greg Lestrade said...

like..Big Bird off Sesame Street? Or a random giant bird?

All my dreams are about ridiculous series of events meaning I can't get to the wedding on time, or getting there and no one else being there. Or the wrong people being there.

If you turn up in a giant bird costume...well, it'll be better than the dreams :)

Piplover said...

I wore a corset for 9 hours last Saturday and it was fine. A properly fitted corset lets you breath, eat, sit, and dance. And it gives you a great figure!

John H. D. Watson said...

Not Big Bird, some sort of bird of prey. Maybe a falcon? I would definitely still marry you if you were wearing a bird costume, but I do think a suit would...suit you better.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, otherwise you'd have to...stick the ring around my leg? Like a racing pigeon?

I agree a suit would be more suitable.

Although I may now go with a corset under it. And some of those magic pants!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Sherlock can wear a sparkly dress. They do swirl nicely when you spin! But they take a little practice to get used to for dancing.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I can only begin to imagine Mycroft's face if Sherlock did....

Mycroft said...

He is an attention seeking missile.

I have no idea where he got it from.

Greg Lestrade said...

I've got to say it doesn't seem to run in the family...

Night, Mycroft. Sleep well. Hope lessons are okay. It was really great having you around for the past week.

Anonymous said...

I'd apologize for giving him ideas if I weren't sure he'd already thought of it.

rsf

REReader said...

That's a lovely photo, they look so happy!

(You have to admit, motorcycle-shaped confetti would be supremely appropriate! :))

Sherlock, I agree that dresses generally give more scope for imagination and decoration than suits--but as someone who has had to wear skirts most of her life, I can tell you that there is a downside in that it can be a lot harder to DO anything in skirts. (It's amazingly easy to step on the hem of a gracefully long skirt, for instance, tripping yourself up.) And it's also true that almost every man looks really good in a well-made suit, and there's a lot to be said for that!

Greg Lestrade said...

Hands up who didn't want to get up and leave a warm boyfriend/fnug and then have to get to work/pack kids off to school. Plus I've been greeted by the usual flurry of post it notes and paperwork.

pandabob said...

Sorry work started with a mountain range of paper!

Why to school holidays have to end? ITS NOT FAIR! But have fun at school Sherlock :-)

Small Hobbit said...

L - That's me with my hand in the air.

Anon Without A Name said...

What SH said

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad we are united. Any silent Anons reading, you can quietly put your hands up.

I'm now attempting to do caseload reviews for my team and find out everything I've missed.

Tina said...

Ouietly putting my hand up, too :-) Hope you don't have to work too hard today!

pandabob said...

are you making any head way Greg? returning to work after a holiday is way too stressful!

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, getting there! One day they'll install a fridge in my office with the bodies in so I don't even get an excuse to escape the building.

John H. D. Watson said...

And then Sherlock would move into your office and sleep in your files...

Greg Lestrade said...

Very true

You okay? Flat must seem quiet.

John H. D. Watson said...

Like someone hit the mute button, yeah. And I keep expecting to trip over dogs that aren't there. I've been calling people on that list I got on the course. Got a couple of appointments set up.

Greg Lestrade said...

Brilliant, well done.

I mean, not that you have to do anything about it, but I imagine itd be good to talk to people at least.

John H. D. Watson said...

Yeah. It seems more manageable, knowing more about it. And I suppose there's no guarantee I'll get the job anyway. They might not need anyone right now.

Do you want to get lunch, or is there too much paperwork between you and the door?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, at least you're armed with information now.

I am a bit busy, sorry. Serial sex attacker on the loose.

John H. D. Watson said...

Good luck.

Greg Lestrade said...

Cheers. Think I'll need a run tonight, clear my head a bit.

John H. D. Watson said...

All right. Let me know if you want company.

Sherlock said...

Did you know that narwhals have tusks that look like horns that can be ten feet long? That's really long.

Greg Lestrade said...

I knew they had tusks, but I didn't know they could be that long. That is really long. Like.... Two of John laid end to end ;)

Sherlock said...

Not that much but it is more than one and a half of him.

John H. D. Watson said...

Thanks...

REReader said...

What I mostly know about narwhals is that they used to be killed so that their tusks could be sold as unicorn horns. I did NOT know that the horns were so long!

Were you learning about them in school, Sherlock, or is it something you got interested in yourself?

Sherlock said...

They're in John's book and I never saw one before so I looked them up and John is doing a post that has a picture we found from an old book with drawings of them.

REReader said...

Very cool, I'm looking forward to reading it!

Greg Lestrade said...

Danger, light of my life ... Just got a pphonecall for something I'd totally forgotten about.

John H. D. Watson said...

Oh?

Greg Lestrade said...

I sort of...well, the day after Sherlock broke his arm, we were passing a shop, in search of cake, and saw...something in the window. And it was just their window display, not anything you could buy. But Sherlock fell in love, so he went in and told the whole sob story about how gravity has conspired against him and broken his arm... and they promised him he could have this...thing when they were done with it.

They just called. We can pick it up anytime...

John H. D. Watson said...

I am terrified to ask what it is...

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll...send you a photo. Otherwise you probably wouldn't believe me.

Sherlock said...

I KNOW WHAT IT IS CAN WE GO RIGHT NOW PLEASEEEEEE?

Greg Lestrade said...

I think they'll be closing for the night, Sherlock. But I'm sure you can go tomorrow, if you and John don't have anything else planned. (and before I have a day off and end up fetching it myself...I don't need the odd looks on the tube...)

John H. D. Watson said...

I...have the picture. I'm still not completely sure I believe you.

Greg Lestrade said...

it...seemed a good idea at the time? It cheered him right up... I don't know, I thought it would be months before they changed their window. I thought he might have forgotten by then.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Forgotten...right...

We'll go and get it tomorrow. Maybe we can hang it on his wall somehow?

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing I went to check the other blog first, or I think I would have exploded with curiosity. Sherlock, you find the neatest things!

rsf

(speaking of neat things, here's somecircular music from a guy who does mathematical visualizations.)

REReader said...

That's quite mesmerizing, rsf...

spandrella said...

Lestrade…I feel somewhat weird asking this, but might there be a return of a Lestrade's advice column soon?

Greg Lestrade said...

Hah, there could be! Lestrade's Upstanding Column of Love seems to pop up at random, you know? (Usually when I can't think of anything remotely interesting to say on my own.) ;)

spandrella said...

I have a question though it is not love related. :)

But I am also quite okay with making the other party involved wait awhile so I'm in no hurry to ask it. But I don't want to keep you up or interfere with an otherwise nice day you're having. So just give a heads up when you have time/space, I spose? Thanks :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm rather...touched and awed that you'd even want to ask me!

spandrella said...

You seem pragmatic and compassionate. And a cop. But mostly pragmatic and compassionate. :)

Anonymous said...

Hah, there could be! Lestrade's Upstanding Column of Love seems to pop up at random, you know?

I thought about making a comment about the blatant innuendo in this statement (at least to those of us with our minds in the gutter), but then I was concerned I might be a bit rude.

So I'm carefully not making that comment.

Greg Lestrade said...

Anon - well done for sticking on the side of decency. So many would have fallen into the trap of making that sort of comment. You have behaved admirably. If only more were like you, and not like my fiancé, who only today was pulled for questioning after waving his huge purple bone in the street in front of all and sundry.

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