|Jan with Mother-of-the-Groom, Susan|
I attended the wedding of Drew and Anne-Elise this weekend. Drew is the son of my “life” friend, Susan. We have shared the lives of our children grorwing up from the time they were in high chairs; the trials and tribulations of toddlerdom through teenagerhood, through proud college years, and now weddings. One day, we’ll share the joys of being grandparents.
|Our little girls,
Meredith and Andi
|Our grown-up girls,
Andi and Meredith
The wedding and reception were beautiful; the couple loving, loved and lovely. It was a weekend of tears, smiles, laughter, memories, dreams. I love weddings.
One thing I will always remember about this very special wedding was what the priest said prior to beginning the ceremony, before the groom walked in, before the bridesmaids’ procession, and before the beautiful bride, Anne-Elise, walked down the aisle with her beaming father.
The priest walked to the front of the church and welcomed everybody. He said, “I would like to welcome all Catholics. Welcome to all Christians. Welcome Jews and Muslims. Welcome to those of you who believe in the Asian religions.”
I must admit, I began to wonder how he would welcome those who might not believe in any religion.
Then, he said, “And for those of you who do not believe, we welcome you, too. For today, what unites us is that we all believe in love.”
At that moment, surrounded by many people I’d never met before, I felt a connection to everyone. And I thought about how nice it was for a couple to begin their lives with such a message – a message that love could unite us all, if only we would believe that to be true.