so, last night i was performing a wedding. it was outside (san diego!), and lit by christmas lights and heat-lamps. there was a bit of ambient light left in the sky when the ceremony began, just after 5pm. but by the time i got to the vows, at about 5:25, it was totally dark. and what i hadn’t realized ahead of time was that my little spot under the flower-covered arch was completely blocking even the smallest bit of light. i was reading the vows out of my little leather-bound ‘minister’s manual’, and the font is very small and lightweight. halfway through the grooms vows, i completely lost my place and panicked when i realized i couldn’t find it again. after a long pause, i said, “it is SO dark up here, and i have totally lost my place!” big laughter. i continued, “give me a second to try to find my place.” i took my glasses off and held the book about 6 inches from my face, scanning the paragraph for anything that looked familiar, and finally found my place. oof. good times.