And They Lived Happily Ever After

Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday my little sister wed the love of her life. The last of the three of us to enter into marriage, I thought her wedding day was going to suffer the same fate as mine. The day before and after being gorgeous days, the day of being a total weather disaster. But it didn’t. While we woke to thunder, lightning and rain Saturday morning, by the time the 4 pm ceremony was upon us, the sun was shining and there was barely a cloud in the sky. The ceremony took place on the side of a cliff, overlooking the ocean and Sunshine Coast. The bride looked radiant, the groom dashing, and the 2 of them together, ridiculously happy. The only thing missing yesterday was dad. It was hard not to think about him from time to time during the day. I thought of him in the morning as  we were getting ready, but didn’t mention anything because I didn’t want us to have red puffy eyes for the ceremony. I thought about him when I noticed my sister was wearing his ring around her bracelet, and everyone thought of him when the celebrant mentioned him.  I know they have had their ups and downs – what couple hasn’t? – but they are so clearly in love and if you can still be in love through the ups and downs, then surely it is a marriage built to last. I wish them every happiness and hope all their wishes and dreams come true.

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