I am thrilled, excited and emotional again. It is only eleven days away. I hope I am ready. Thinking about it makes me tearful. I have lists of tasks and I am confident each will be accomplished. But will I be ready? I have my dress, matching shoes and purse, jewelry, new suit and tie for hubby, all the items for the reception table decorations, and only a few small items left to purchase. But will I be ready? This is a really big event.
As I reflect upon my own wedding on May 29, 1976, I note some differences. The biggest difference is that we had a simple church reception with cake, mints, nuts, coffee and punch. It was served by a few of my aunts. My mom and I shopped together for the cake and the flowers, but I ordered and mailed the invitations, made my own dress and don’t recall ever having a conversation about a wedding budget. There were a few things my mom and I disagreed about but she let me have my way. I hope I communicated as well with my parents regarding the details of the wedding as my daughter has done with us. I am thrilled to be a part of her planning.
I was confident in my choice of a husband despite my young age of almost 18 years old. I am confident in my daughter’s choice too, because I trust her judgment.
As a minister I have officiated weddings. I have created check lists and timelines for other couples. Three times I have been the mother of the groom. I understand the details and mechanics. But will I be ready for my only daughter to be a Mrs.? My future son-in-law has begun to call me “Ma”. And in some unexplainable way it is helping me draw him in as one of mine.
Our daughter lives three hours away from us. But as she likes to remind me, we moved away, not her. I thought that was my final “letting her go”. She loves to travel for fun and for ministry, yet she lives and works in the same community where she grew up. She and new hubby will continue there.
It has been my joy to attend two wedding showers for my daughter. They were elegant and idyllic. I am confident her wedding day will be as delightful. My little clutch purse will be packed with lipstick, my phone/camera and tissues.
I will be ready (I hope, I think, I pray). I will have tissues just in case.