It comes by request of our friend and frequent commenter, Zoe. In honor of the royal wedding, she requested a Kaddish for her late grandma, Jewel Cannon Wells Goodner Rymer. She was a big fan of the royals, apparently—when Princess Di got married to Chuck way back when, said grandma insisted that the motorcycle trip stop and they check into a motel, so she could watch the wedding on TV.
Zoe’s grandma was born in 1920 in rural Texas, and she came to California during the Great Depression “just like Grapes of Wrath.” Her fascination with the royals could be escapism, understandably enough, but Zoe continued—it wasn’t just the pomp and the circumstance; her grandma loved the scandals just as much as the glamor. Sounds to me like she knew that class lines don’t describe much of anything beyond economics.
A kaddish for this woman who appreciated the humanity of the royals, and may Wills and Kate live out the happiness that eluded his parents.