Saturday was an amazing experience. One of my best friends from high school married his high school sweetheart. The vows were so beautiful, the dress was exquisite and the feeling of love and support from the friends and family gathered for the occasion was overwhelming. As soon as Nicole started down the isle tears started flowing down Ian's cheeks and I too was wishing I'd thought to bring tissues.
For part of the ceremony a few in the wedding party read some poems/quotes. This was my favorite from the Velveteen Rabbit:
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
If you are only around the two of them for a moment you know the kind of love they have for each other. They are both kind, gentle souls. I don't keep in touch with a lot of the people I spent my angst-filled teenage years with but I've always felt so blessed to have a friend like Ian in my life.
I believe it takes more than luck to be successful in life and love and Ian and Nicole are two people I know will make it. Here's to a long and happy marriage! Love you guys!