Monday, October 15, 2012

To our son on his wedding day.


To our son on his wedding day:

     Deb and I, of all people, know how important this day is for you. You have been blessed to find a wonderful woman to spend the rest of your life with. We are extremely honored that you asked us both to stand with you, as you take her hand. We love her almost as much as you, (wink) but you’ll always be our baby boy. We will always remember the little curly-haired blonde with a wooden sword in your hand, a wooden dagger in the belt around your bent waist, while you knelt at the base of the steps to let the ladies pass. You even added a “M’lady” to your bow. You were precious then and even more so now. Our Prince has found his Lady, now for the happily ever after.
     We are very proud of the man you have become. We hope you know that. You are kind and loving, sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, judge people by their character and not some prescribed social agenda, and most important, you realize that this does not make you less of a man. If anything, in our eyes, it makes you a much stronger male role model. You are more loyal than a dog, and tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, as some of your friends will attest. You openly express your feeling for your loved ones, and I’m sure you are loved by many in return. Really, you turned out much better than we could have hoped, because it was touch and go there for a while, but wow, what a great kid you turned out to be.
     You are lucky to have found a woman that appreciates those things in you, but we think she’s pretty lucky too. We couldn’t be happier with your choice. She is definitely a keeper. We’ve watched you two for ten years, so we know it’s a solid match. Our wish for you both is lots of love and laughter. We think we set a pretty good example for you, despite what the Family Research Council, NOM, or the rest of the far right thinks. We hope the things you learned about relationships from watching us are that trust should never be an issue, honesty is always the best policy, and that no matter how bad things can get, the down times don’t last long when you remember how blessed you are.
     You are blessed, both of you. Many people search their whole lives for the kind of love you share. There is nothing you two cannot do, as long as you stick together. Love is stronger than anything else life can throw at you. Lean on each other, when you have to. Hold the other one up, when they need it. (Trust us, knowing someone is there to catch you when you falter is worth its weight in gold.) Lead the way, when the other is afraid. Be willing to walk behind, when the other is sure of the way. Walk hand in hand when neither is sure, together you can find the path. Our best advice to you both is to remember the three Ls, listen, laugh, and love.
     On the day that you were born, I wrote this song in your baby book. It was my wish for you. Sadly, the book was destroyed in a flood, but the sentiment remains the same. Deb and I will always think of you as our little Prince and are so happy you’ve found your Lady. We love you beyond measure and wish you a life filled with happiness. I think Bob Dylan said it best, so I leave you with these words.

"Forever Young"
Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

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