Monday, February 29, 2016

A Perfect Day to be married

February 29, 2016

Your wedding day.  We saw you just before you went to meet your future husband to exchange your vows and you looked radiant and happy and beautiful.  We could feel your excitement and joy.  It was palpable.

It is auspicious that you are being married on a day that only comes around once every four years.  It is a unique day, as you are unique, as your husband is unique.  As your love is unique.

I don't have any wise words.  I suppose a mother should.  No words other than to treat each other with respect and love the moments you have together  and not to take each other for granted.

I will share with you the words that we chose to be spoken at our wedding, almost 39 years ago. They have served us well.

Listen!  I will be honest with you,
I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes. 

These are the days that must happen to you:
You small not heap up what is called riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve. 

Come, we must not stop here,
However sweet these laid-up stores,
However convenient this dwelling, 
However sheltered this port and however calm these waters.

We must not anchor here,
However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us
We are permitted to receive it but a little while. 

Come, I give you my hand:
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:

Will you give me yourself?
Well you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

(excerpts from (Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman)

Blessings on your marriage.  Blessings on this day.

BE - Your initials together says all that needs to be said.


  1. Lovely post and one I'm certain the newly-married couple will cherish for many, many years in the future.

    "BE - Your initials together say all that needs to be said."
    Wonderful advice, Mary-Anne. :-)

  2. beautiful words. So simple and yet elegant and memorable.

  3. Congratulations to your daughter and her husband. Those beautiful words will certainly serve them well :-)

  4. Congratulations to your daughter and her husband. Those beautiful words will certainly serve them well :-)

  5. Congratulations! A special marriage and a mother-in-law! ;-) All the best in the future for the happy couple. xx

  6. Belated congratulations. Hope it was a wonderful day


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