I can remember sitting down in a quite moment to nurse Ace at the reception and hearing Shinedown's version of "Simple Man" (if you have boys, don't click that link unless you are prepared for a flood of emotions) while D danced with his Mama. I cried long and hard right there in that dark corner of the hall because that song, those lyrics get me every time. They get me when Lynyrd Skynyrd sings them and they got me with Shinedown too. I hugged Ace in a little tighter and gazed at D.
He was 11 when Champ and I got married. This weekend, with Champ by his side as best man and Bear as ring bearer, he crossed the threshold- in my mind at least- from sweet, youngest brother into strong, supportive man with a wife and family: a "simple man" for all the virtuous reasons those lyrics list.
Congratulations to you, D and A. Long live the life of a simple man where "all that you need is in your soul."
I clicked my camera only a few times this weekend, and only during rehearsal: weddings are not a place where I can focus on my photography, I'd much rather bask in the love and deep words and symbolism of the day. Some moments though, even professional photographers can't understand and therefore don't capture. Moments like this...
it seems the wedding impacted my nieces as well, but in a whole different way. Oh girlies, it is good to dream, but please don't get married too very soon- your emotional auntie would never recover.