Saturday, July 18, 2009


One of the unfortunate byproducts of having had moved to Colorado is that I miss things. I miss a lot of things. And I miss some important things. There are days, like today, where my thoughts and my heart will be somewhere else, far, far away from where they actually reside. My cousin is getting married today.

There are few moments in our lives more important, more special, than the day we get married. About the only days that will ever trump that are the days our children are born. And to be a part of that day, to witness that ceremony is a privilege. A joy.

To see the nerves showing in the eyes of the bride and groom. Those emotions fade almost universally the second they see each other for the first time from opposite ends of the aisle. Together they promise to love one another, to take care of one another, to trust and to be trusted. They came into that day as two separate beings, two distinct lives. And they leave as a team, a partnership.

This joining together is even more special for my cousin today. He has been hurt before. He brings into this marriage with him a beautiful daughter. Another person who depends on him. Who needs him. The mere fact that he can fall in love again, and trust that it can work is a testament to his heart, to his faith in people, and to the goodness in his soul. Though I have not met his soon-to-be wife, I can only assume that she is deserving of him as a partner. She has to be special.

Though I can't be there to see it for myself, I am sure it will be a beautiful day. I wish you both all the happiness in the world. And when that happiness sometimes seems missing as it inevitably will, I wish you all the love you will need to see it through. Marriage is work, but it's work worth doing. To steal from what a wise couple, long standing family friends, wrote to us on the day we were married, Just love one another forever.

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