When I was 16 years old my oldest brother and his wife had their first baby. My parents and I sat in the waiting room of the hospital that July evening, watching Johnny Carson (it was his last year to host The Tonight Show) waiting and waiting for her to be born. I was elated when my brother finally came out and told us it was a girl! Growing up with only older brothers, I wanted there to be a baby girl in the family SO badly. My wish was granted. And she was perfect.
Shortly there after I became not just her aunt but also her Godmother. I have prayed for her and kept her in my thoughts ever since. Even though I left for college two short years later and have yet to return to the city where she still resides, she has always been close to my heart. Fortunately I still visit often, since all of my family still lives there (immediate anyway) and of course I was there last weekend when sweet “Mega Meg”, who is now 22 years old, got married.
I couldn’t stop the tears as I walked into the Bride room and saw Megan standing there, ready to marry her sweetheart, the love of her life. Emotion overtook me and I thought of those early days when she was a baby and we would play together in my parents’ living room. And how the summer before I left for college we watched the movie “Homeward Bound” on their VCR about 500 times. She loved it and so did I, mostly for that reason.
But of course, the years have gone by all too quickly and this past weekend I truly saw what an amazing young woman she has become. And beautiful. Oh so very beautiful!
I used to know Megan’s new husband as “her boyfriend Daniel” and I have to say, it is a little crazy in this Auntie’s head to realize that he is now her HUSBAND and not just the young man she is dating (or engaged to). But as I listened to the vows they wrote I was awestruck at the beauty of the love they shared with us – their friends and loved ones. From my perspective it is a truly precious love and I am so, SO happy these two “kids” found each other and have one another in their lives.
And well, weddings are just such wonderful events. This one especially. Megan was kind enough to include all of her cousins in the wedding in some way and so my kiddos were an usher, ring bearer and flower girl! I also sang in the wedding and Tim helped us all get dressed and keep it together. His role was much needed too! 😉 (that little run back to my parents’ house for one kid’s socks was really helpful actually…)
Plus, all of my family was there and a even a few cousins and aunts and uncles I do not get to see very often. I love having my family together, especially for such a happy occasion.
The wedding details were perfect and everything was just so lovely. And thankfully, it did not rain (much)!
Here’s to Megan & Daniel – I wish you two sweet kids the best life together and I love you both so much!!