Today, my family celebrated in the marriage of my niece. It was one of those picture perfect days, and I was so glad it turned out to be such a nice one for the bride and groom.
Her Dad walked her down the aisle and gave her away, as custom. And in his left breast pocket he carried a copy of his wife’s obituary… keeping her memory close to his heart. At one point during the service, the officiant said, “Let us pause for a moment, and in this quiet space, listen for [ bride's mother's ] joy that she is surely sending us right now in spirit.” It was an emotional moment for many of us, and my niece started crying a bit.
As she recomposed herself, she looked up at me and I gave her a wink….
Through tearful eyes, she looked up to the sky and then gave me the biggest smile.
Their vows exchanged, the bride was kissed, and the well wishers raised their glasses to toast the happy new couple.
My sister would have been extremely happy for her daughter today… I know I was.