Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The oak tree and the cypress

On AOL Journal Main Page, from what I can gather, regular journal types participate in exercises such as: “Weekend Assignment #24: Tell us what the first song was at your wedding reception and why you chose that song.”


Aspects of our wedding and reception were affected by MS though unknown to most guests. Patti was diagnosed as 'probable MS but in early remitting remissive stages and unless she went out of her way to publicize she had MS, you would not be aware. However, we KNEW and the unknown entwined the traditional.


Our vows, for example, DID NOT include “to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, till death do us part …”


“UP WHERE WE BELONG” was chosen as a first dance because the opening lines seemed to fit. “Who knows what tomorrow brings. In a world, few hearts survive.”


Pragmatism more than romanticism themed our ceremony. <grin>


             “Let there be spaces in your togetherness

             Let the winds of the heavens dance between you.


                  Stand together yet not too near together.

                           The oak tree and the cypress

                       Grow not in each other's shadow." 

                                                    Kahlil Gibran


Ahhh, poets! They love to talk the talk (and we all use their words in the 'moments of our lives', as we did 19 years ago). Yet, I wonder how many could walk the walk?

1 comment:

  1. WE will soon be to our 23 antiversary, and the walk is the walk. You both undertook a brave walk, and I am sure there have been disappointments but not the kind that breaks the vows.  I think that is what is a mystery to me, today they don't think the vows are for keeping.


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