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January 02 , 2008

The Second Wedding of Doctor Geneva Song



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"Doctor Geneva Song's two aunties sat in honoured seats at the Chinese wedding ceremony and chattered away in voices too loud because they were both, more or less, deaf. They were the older sisters of Geneva Song's mother. The eldest sister, "Comes a Little Brother", or Auntie Ruth, had never emigrated from Hong Kong, but had flown into Calgary for the wedding. The middle sister, "Hopes for a Little Brother", or Auntie Leah, had moved to Calgary twenty years before, but had never learned to speak English very well. Calgary was where Geneva's father, Malcolm Song, had made his enormous fortune.

What the middle sister was explaining to her older sister was why on earth Geneva had decided to marry a man almost thirty years older. To be fair, it was a question that was on the minds of many, if not most, of the wedding guests. "He's a lawyer," the middle sister said, pointing to the, "Esq." after Sam Victor's name on the wedding invitation, "That's what the 'Es-Ka.' means".

"Es-Ka?" asked the older sister, not comprehending the meaning of the word.

The middle sister then explained that, despite appearances, Geneva had not gotten fat, but was three months heavy with twin boys. This new information silenced the older sister for several minutes."

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