This may not be a refugee story, but 30 years ago when planning our wedding, my wife was trying to find the perfect wedding dress. A neighbor of my best man was an Iranian gentleman (his wife was Guatamalan) had a dress shop in Manhattan. He offered to make my wife a custom wedding dress as a wedding gift. I knew him as an acquaintance, but I wouldn’t say he was a close friend. One of the features that my wife wanted was a long train on the dress, longer than Princess Diana. Done. Now, having a long train might be fun for the wedding, but it can be a bit of a pain for the reception. He included a hidden zipper so that after the wedding ceremony, the train could be removed for easier dining and dancing. Needless to say he and his wife were guests at the wedding. It was a very touching gesture.
O’Connell, Bill (MC1976)
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