You blink and your kids are grown; ready to launch out on their own awesome journey. I stand at a distance and observe my son present his future wife to family and friends; smiling and chocking back a lump in my throat as I recognize the pride in his voice and the gleam in his eye.
This wedding shower of blessings was not without its challenges. I had arrived in the US only five days before after a 30-hour travel odyssey from Manila. Armed with a good case of jet lag, a suitcase of color-coordinated decorations and a prayer I launched into harried preparations, which would ultimately culminate in a Saturday afternoon wedding shower for my oldest child and his blushing soon-to-be bride.
Thank God for Sam’s Club and an awesome family! My prep week began with loaded buggies of food begging to be cut, mixed, bagged or displayed. Still, some of the best shower memories were made around Mema’s dining table as we all worked an assembly line of gift bags and salami sandwiches. Contagious laughter and inside family jokes flew freely and I captured them all to tuck away for future recollections.
After the “event” had passed and the floors had been vacuumed, we all sat around for the happy couple to open their cards and revel in the shower of blessings from loving friends and family. Then, we topped off the night by popping in a video of my wedding shower from three decades before, which provided more than a little entertainment for the millennial crew of grown kids and cousins.
While the clothing was different and the hairstyle was considerably more poofed, the scene was almost a Déjà vu moment, as if a distant echo of the day’s festivities. There it was…the same gleaming eyes and hopeful smiles of a young couple on the brink of a grand adventure and a shared journey with God at the helm.
There WAS a time when we were just THAT young…just THAT hopeful…and God skillfully guided us through every twist and turn.
Yep, they are going to be just fine! After all is said and done…hope, faith and a little youthful naiveté are the perfect recipe for a trove of life adventures best shared by two.