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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Isn't it a lovely day?

My younger of two daughters will soon marry. I'm a bit more mature than when I married, I notice the subtle fabric of these ceremonies and preparations. When I married, I focused on the minutia, I worried about costs, I helped plan the honeymoon, thought about my daughters someday to be and I said I do.

Now, I think of the complicated culture of marriage, the meaning of life commitment, of gaining new family and a new son. I don’t dwell on the doling out of money to fuel dreams of what people expect a marriage to be. I'm celebrating one of life's great moments. I revel in the process and find human life to be richer for it.

Many guys don’t see the need for all this or don’t quite recognize how special it is to the bride. But if his love is mature enough, he’ll be taking his first steps to understanding and appreciating that soul reaching out to him.
 
The Hallmark movie last night featured a young groom who would have preferred to show up in jeans and eat a cake shaped like a football. Although it was a bit of a caricature, the point was well taken. Guys focus on the result, gals on the process. You can’t have one without the other and the renaissance man revels in it. My about to be son-in-law is such a man.

A marriage is like two people who start a dance through the hard and easy of life and never take their eyes off each other.
Isn't It a Lovely Day, written by Irving Berlin, sung by Fred Astaire and danced with his partner Ginger Rogers, from the movie Top Hat 1935.
If you have a favorite wedding song, let me know and I'll blog it.

Dolorah offered Unchained Melody, Endless Love and I will Always Love You:
I'll pick Unchained Melody, originally written in 1936 offered to Bing Crosby who refused it. It sat for twenty years. Many consider it's best version was rendered by the Righteous Brothers in 1965:

 

2 comments:

  1. Bob:
    Great post. Great video. I saw that movie when I was very young and again on TV not long ago. I feel sorry for people who never saw those great films.

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  2. My son-in-law focused on the life experience too. I've a feeling not having to foot the entire bill for the wedding freed his mind for the life long commitment aspect though. That, and already having three kids with the bride :)

    I'm a bit of a cynic, so I'm not sure what wedding songs I like. Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You is the only one I can think of and its a little bit sad. I do like Endless Love and Unchained Melody.

    Don't make me think to hard Richard; next thing you know I'll be writing a flash involving dead lovers, lol.

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