I just attended a lovely wedding in England made all the more special because the couple had endured a rough year just before it. The tough times began when old electrical wire sagged with age and crossed another wire, creating enough heat to start a fire in the couple’s rented flat. The fire smoldered in the wall for two hours before the whole house went up in flames. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the loss was extreme. The 31-year old groom-to-be had taken out ample insurance, never really thinking it would be needed. While it couldn’t replace sentimental items, it was sufficient to give them a fresh new start.
When I spoke with the groom he said he’d taken the insurance when they got engaged because he was now responsible for more than just himself. It just seemed the right thing to do. He mentioned that he and his bride also have fresh wills now that they’re changing their status.
I found myself admiring this couple not only for their well-thought out wedding, but for the attention they were paying to the future. I wasn’t nearly so wise at their age and as the music and dancing turned frenetic wondered how many of their friends were as prepared.