I had an opportunity to do something this weekend that I’ve never done before in my life. I attended the wedding of a young lady whose parents’ wedding I also attended when I was a child. Partly, this made me feel old but mostly I was honored and humbled to have been a part of this wonderful family’s lives for multiple generations. The bride’s grandparents were our next door neighbors when I was growing up, and I attended her great-grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration as a child as well. So I’ve been a part of the lives of 4 generations of this family. That’s a pretty special and rare thing.
When she was a toddler, the bride was the flower girl in my sister’s wedding. All three weddings (her parents’, my sister’s, and hers) were held in the same church. It was a very emotional ceremony for me. When her flower girl walked down the aisle, I could put myself right back at my sister’s wedding, and when she walked down the aisle, I could put myself right back at her parents’ wedding. It was almost like watching my life flash before my eyes, only backwards.
My favorite part of the day was the recessional. The song choice for the recessional was, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Toy Story. The icing on the cake (no pun intended) was the fist pump followed by, “Yes!” by the mother of the bride as she walked back up the aisle during the recessional. The entire ceremony was light-hearted so this was a great way to put the finishing touches to it.
I wish the happy couple a lifetime of love and laughter, and I hope there will be a 5th generation that I can soon also be a part of.