are loving hands…
In the morning, a steady, seemingly unforgiving rain dampened lawns but not spirits. Plan B sat waiting patiently in the background. Ignoring the gloom, hair got coiffed, fingers and toes got manicured, lipstick got applied and cologne spritzed. Vests were buttoned up, hats tilted just so and boutineers pinned. And, just like that, the clouds broke, the rain stopped and the sun burst from the sky like a child let out to play. And the pledge of endless love was taken within a circle of family and friends who promised their unconditional love and support. A handsome young man and a beautiful young woman became husband and wife. Loving endlessly.
For just a few hours, time stood still.
In an old Chicago tavern where memories are etched into every scratch on the planks of the old wood floors and the smell of stale beer mingles with scrubbed faces and subtle colognes, time had stopped. Hugs exchanged between friends were so tight as if trying to resurrect the innocence and simplicity of what was. Kisses were bestowed on time worn faces. Frenetic chatter and stories that generated laughter…or maybe tears….were shared with an unspoken desire to hang on to this moment. Memories tried to co-mingle where once they resided alone. There is something so poignant about this moment. The omnipresence of it all. Once upon a time, these people helped to form each other. Now, reconnected again, they see the results. And they reminisce. And they celebrate.
For, on this day, for just a while, time stood still.
I am blessed. The women in my life are strong, loving, giving and beautiful. They are generous with their compassion and wisdom. They are courageous in the paths they choose. They are steadfast in their commitments to life. My heart is filled with bountiful love from my Mother and my Daughter. The bond that is created between a Mother and her daughters and their daughters is set in the warm reassuring trust of a non-judgmental heart. I am carried through each day by this love …by the beauty that radiates from within. I am blessed.