Sophia has started to show interest in looking at picture albums. I find it entertaining to watch as she jovially quips “Baaaa-a–by” every time she lays eyes on a picture of hubby or me during our toddler years. We’ve thus started to look through our albums and even watched our wedding video for the first time in a few years.
I can’t say that I didn’t feel sadness seeing myself and hubby on our wedding day — we looked much younger. Perhaps we all look younger when we’re happy or perhaps having kids can age you. What it must really be is that having kids who don’t sleep the night has a way of aging you super fast. My fleeting moment of sadness may have something to do with the fact that I was 25 then and I will be 30 in a little over a month’s time. I am sure my readers have little sympathy for me about about turning 30, but I … I digress.
Watching the video was a lot of fun. Sophia attempted to dance to the music and I listened to the wedding speeches from our family and friends. I didn’t just listen to them — I heard them. My father-in-law’s speech had an especially poignant message that has finally hit home.
He said that our wedding was nothing like that of his parents who were Holocaust refugees at the time of their nuptials. The real beauty of the day is the love that we share that was so well reflected by the family and friends in the room. His advice was simple: it is easy to love one another on your wedding day but there will be times when it won’t be easy but the best thing to do is to “just keep loving each other… love is great, love is grand, love will carry you to many lands.”
He was right. It does get difficult to make each other a priority and we do forget that we are not just Mama and Papa. When it does get hard, like the last few weeks, I think back to how I felt that day and remember those words. The eternal optimist in me is back, especially, after a date-night. Our love is great, it is grand, carried us right to the District [of Columbia] and back :-).