Diatribe: Dragging Your Baby Down The Aisle On Your Wedding Day.
One of my great claims to fame is the fact that I stood as a witness in both of my parents weddings. Not many people can say this but, when they each remarried thirty-some years ago, I had the honor of being a part of both ceremonies. To this day I cherish the memories that I made while sharing those special moments with all four of my parents. If only I could go back in time to change my hairstyle in the photos that were taken.
Aubrey Carter-Brooks will have an even better story to tell. Last weekend she was part of her parents’ wedding when she was dragged down the aisle of Elam Baptist Church in Ripley, Tennessee, strapped to the train of her mother’s dress.
News of her questionable parenting decision quickly went viral when her mother, Shonda Carter-Brooks posted a picture of the event online. Some critics call the procession premeditated since the dress appears to have been altered and fitted with a seat-belt-like mechanism to strap the infant in place. Others noted that the baby was unprotected on the floor in a crowd where someone could have tripped and landed on her, a chair could have been knocked over or, because the baby was so tiny that even a purse dropping and hitting the child could have lead to serious injury.
Using a child as an accessory (“something new”, perhaps?) seems selfishly irresponsible to me. But Carter-Brooks defended her actions saying her baby was completed safe as she participated in the ceremony.
“The answer is we do what we want when we want as long as Jesus on our side everything worked out fine. So keep ya mouths running for it was just that Exclusive and Epic enough we made top blog way from small town Ripley, Tennessee and the social media doing what they do, TALK!!” – Shonda Carter Brooks
I’d like to know what the rest of the people in that church might have been thinking when they saw this foolishness taking place and why none of them tried to stop it. What about Mr. Brooks? Does Ms. Carter-Brooks think it’s acceptable to tie the infant to other articles of clothing? To drag her baby around in other places? Will she strap little Aubrey to a Mumu and pull her around Costco? Should someone alert the authorities?!
I know from personal experience that being a part of your parents’ wedding is a wonderful and unique opportunity. Fortunately, I’m not familiar with the act of being dragged down the aisle of a Baptist church in rural Tennessee.
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