“how sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet”
― Robert Browning


****this is the post I wanted to share Sunday morning—the morning following our big day.
It was a time of tremendous emotion.
A week long adventure of adrenaline, very little sleep, and a time of relishing in the love of dear family and friends.
Between poor wifi connections, exhaustion and a lack of solitude, time passed too quickly, never allowing for the finishing a private reflection. . .


Underneath an ethereal blanket of gossamer grey,
snippets of time– those of one’s past, present and future– wildly and suddenly collide into one. . .
All the while, the heady scent of gardenia swirls sweetly on a southern breeze

He looks first at mom and then over to dad, who’s hearts now tug to and fro-
as his two parents helplessly, yet joyously, watch their little boy oddly fade from their sight.
A dam bursts forth as a flood of tender memories poignantly mix with the reality of time,
gently welcoming this transition of age.

There is a single violin’s rhythmic vibration, lifting upward to a Heavenly Host.
when a girl dressed in white, smiling with delight, offers her love, her life, her all—
The proud young man, whose conviction is firm, in turn promises this girl his world
All as a choir of united hearts gently whisper Amen

Celebratory joy mingles with glistening tears as Commitment is mysteriously at work.
Heads reverently bow as an obligatory hush settles over those gathered close by.
With Life’s transforming grace, serenely dancing under a tightly woven canopy of ancient oaks and moss, a single promised bond, tightly binds willing hearts,
while weaving two lives into one,

9 comments on “Nostalgia

  1. Lynda says:

    The wedding of a child certainly is an emotional time for parents. I’m sure you are exhausted and will take a while to recuperate but it is all worthwhile. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. This one has me in tears – I am overjoyed for all of you, but totally understand the “emotional ripping” when leaving a life stage behind. We’ll faithfully give our blessing as the baby, Hilary, is joined in marriage to Stephen August 2, then watch her fly away to Japan…I can’t stand to think about it! But, I know real joy awaits them!! Love you!!!

  3. lljostes says:

    A beautiful, heartfelt reflection, Julie! It primed my maternal emotional pump as I too will watch my son and future daughter in law begin their new life together next week. Robert Browning’s quote encompasses the reality of life changing events like weddings! Thanks for sharing! Hugs ~ Laura

    • Thanks Laura—it was certainly a roller coaster of emotions–I’ll have to tell you all about it—it’s good and I’m happy—but when you watch your only child, who you use to do everything with when he was a little boy, move into to a new world and a new role—I was often caught off guard with my heart 🙂
      Much love to you—do enjoy—we had a blast—in some ways being in Savannah, a destination, made it more special as we really had fun with the friends and family who joined us on this adventure!
      much love—Julie

      • lljostes says:

        I can’t imagine what it must be like experiencing an “only son” wedding. Pretty intense I’m sure, but what a blessing and sweet memories! Keep writing about them as time goes on! 🙂 Hugs–Laura

  4. michael says:

    Weddings are great, but when it comes to your own children, very emotional! Happy and emotional 🙂

  5. Simply beautiful and very poignant recollections! I felt both your joy and your heartache. It is the closing of a door, Julie, but it is also the opening of another door to a different chapter of your life. One that you will soon discover is as rewarding and joyful as the last. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

    • thanks Natalie—I’ll fill you in–in greater detail soon—my aunt is still here visiting as I continue getting life settled back into some sort of normal routine–as the happy couple soak up Disney—can you believe that’s where they wanted to go!
      what a hoot!!

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