I am an only child - yes I am Jim and Anna's only kid. More importantly perhaps I am my father's only daughter. My wedding was a mini royal wedding to be quite honest. My parents eloped so my grandfather never had the chance to walk my mother down the aisle. All my life I knew that was never going to happen to me - it was not an option. I would have a wedding and it would be beautiful - the wedding my parents never had. And, yes, dad would walk me down the aisle.
On more than one occasion my mother commented that she was completely opposed to the idea of a weepy bride walking down the aisle. "No one wants to see a blubbering bride." So I guess I have always known that the pressure was on to hold it together - which frankly is not one of my strengths. My guess is Mom gave Dad a really harsh talking to about what he was allowed to and not allowed to say to me prior to our long journey down that narrow space. As we were waiting for our cue we talked about the weather. Yes the weather. It was raining, pouring actually - it had not rained in months. My wedding was knick-named the drought -buster wedding. Luckily I suppose, since it did give us a topic distract us and keep the emotions at bay. It worked - we both held it together.
My guess is my mother did not have a similar rule in place for the Father-Daughter dance though. Clearly all bets were off and I have the blubbering dancing bride pictures to prove it. I never told anyone what he said to me until now.
"For the rest of your life, no matter where you go or what you do you need to always remember you are loved. Your mother and I will always love you. You are our life. Alway remember where you came from. Always be true to who you are and never ever forget how much we love you."
We danced to an old Helen Reddy song "You and Me Against the World." Jim and Anna only had one child. They should have had more. Such a shame that only one person calls them Mom and Dad.