3/24/18 was a beautiful day for a wedding.
His Vows: (the ones that were beautiful and inspiring from the moment he wrote them)
I vow to listen carefully to what you say and honor your silence,
to keep your dreams alive and our love aflame,
to keep your treasures safe and time appreciated.
I vow to hold you through nightmares and tragic days,
to rub your feet and pull your hair.
I vow to remember that being kind is more important than being right,
to clean when you cook and fold when you wash,
to take you to concerts and movies I don’t necessarily like.
I vow to play scrabble and binge Netflix.
I vow resilience and fortitude even when no one is watching.
I vow sincerity, hope and humor.
I vow to guide our children by example,
to strengthen and defend their hearts and minds
to offer freedom to make their lives an adventure.
My Vows: (the ones that took some time and a few drafts and ultimately were finished the night before the big day in the wee hours.)
I vow to listen with patience and respond with kindness,
to care for you when you’re sick and impossible,
to have the conversation even when it’s hard.
I vow to make fires to warm us when it’s cold,
to cook for you as long as you dance with me in the kitchen.
I vow to drive to destinations near and far as long as you sing along with me,
to save our money and invest in adventure.
I vow to laugh at your jokes even when no one else does,
to be your big spoon when you’re little and little spoon when you’re big.
I vow to lead in times of need and follow when your heart is sure.
Do you, Jay, come here today of your own free will, to promise to support Mandy in all that she does? Through happy and sad, good diets and bad, dislocated shoulders and daughterly disputes? And to consider her as part of yourself in all that you think and all that you do?
Do you, Mandy, come here to day of your own free will, promise to have Jay’s back where ever life leads him? Through sickness and health, sunlit beaches and darkened alleys, dive bars and dragon-cons? And to consider him as part of yourself in all that you think and all that you do?
And do all of us promise to welcome the marriage of Mandy and Jay into our own lives, individually and as a community, through bliss and sorrow, turmoil and calm, backyard barbecues and late night dance parties for as long as they both so wish?
BOOM!!!! And then we walked into the forest together– and eventually wound up here!
It’s official. There’s no turning back now. This man married me, and I married him. No more days left to count down– only counting up from here.
Here’s to day number one.