June 26, 2005
From One to Two
Girlfriend chatter. An exchange over a glass -- no two -- of Chardonnay. Sharing of clothes, mother's tales, the boys, the men........the passing of a wand, a ritual learned, a tear that receives empathy...
While I sometimes shed a tear on an airplane, I always cry at weddings. A long-time girlfriend had her first last weekend in Newport Rhode Island.
Women experience a rite of passage when they see a friend embrace a life of two; their friendship, although it may still flourish, is never quite the same. Parents know this too and yet 'two' is a necessary journey.
The feminine energy of a bride on her wedding day is something both sexes can embrace, respect and cherish --
She is often austere, as she approaches the runway for the first time, her head still, her gaze focused, a porcelin doll. She is in control of the walk, of her own heartbeat and that of her fathers' on her arm. As she gets closer, she sees the tenderness in her 'to be husband,' and fights back a tear as she sees him fight back his own.
It's a moment of tenderness, love, respect, and of 'at long last.' When her father delivers her to him and she no longer feels his hand, but her familiar lover's touch, there's a moment of reflection albeit confusing, but also love.
She remembers the little girl, becoming a woman, her first love and the pain thereafter. She remains still and doesn't relax, yet as he squeezes her hand, she finds more strength. He squeezes again and she begins to feel at peace.
She knows the pride her father feels when he stands by her side; she'll glance over her shoulder once to tell him so. She never forgets the tenderness and certainty of love during that seemingly long walk down the runway that bridges her life as one to a journey of two.
As she approaches her lover as 'Miss' for one last time, the inner beauty of the bride exudes radiance and feminity that remind everyone in her presence of a woman's strength, her power, her loyalty and of her love.
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>>>While I sometimes shed a tear on an airplane, I always cry at weddings. A long-time girlfriend had her first last weekend in Newport Rhode Island.<<<
Her *first*? Sounds like you're not holding out much hope for this union.
Posted by: Nat Hefferman | Jun 30, 2005 11:35:08 AM