Weddings and New Beginnings
On September 24, 2005, my only child, my son, married a beautiful lady. I couldn't be happier for them, so happy in fact that the toast I was fortunate to share with the newlyweds and guests went like this,
"Children, like the friends who are here, are a blessing. I have been so blessed to have a son like John, who other than not doing his homework (I had to say that) has been a joy in every way-which in this day and age is a joy all its own. Today I gained a daughter. A thank you to Annie's parents for raising her for me to enjoy! John and Annie, may the love your parents have for you support, encourage, and empower you to share your love with each other and your children."
That being said, the wedding was an ending of sorts for some of the nuances of a parent/child relationship. It's a little harder to think of your child as such when they are husbands, wives and eventually parents. That's the job of parents of course, after trying so hard for so long to protect our children, to let them go as the passages of life dictate we must. But I want to hold on to the blonde little boy sitting in the golden poppies in a shirt with a red heart and duck embroidery on the bottom just a little bit longer.