Time does this. It brings changes we can’t choose, ignore or control.
We can hope for the best. In matters like these though we’re not the ones rolling the cosmic dice.
I’m about to go from “father” to “father-of-the-bride.”
I didn’t choose it. I admit though, I really do like my soon-to-be son-in-law and his family.
I can’t ignore it. That’s OK too. It’s an experience (the “W” word) I’m excited and a bit scared to see unfold.
I can’t control it either. A new chapter in my life, and more importantly, our oldest daughter’s life is being written- I don’t get to do the writing. That’s a bit scary too.
If their life together is as fulfilling as mine has been with my beautiful, loving, compassionate wife Joanne these past 22 years, I’ll be thrilled,,and relieved.
This Saturday, our oldest daughter Emily McCoy becomes Emily Glover, married to Dan, who goes by the same last name-Glover.
OK, here’s the “W” word. It’s going to be their wedding! There will be plenty of friends and family to bear witness and celebrate.
Dan will take my place as the most important man in my daughter’s life. My sails are unfurled, strong winds are pushing me through this latest rite of passage. I’m eager to see where life’s winds blow me as father and father-in-law.
But first- I have to let go of the past. But only a little.
It seems like yesterday, not 20 years ago, Emily was born. Looking back, I can’t help but reflect. How lucky I’ve been to watch her grow, share treasured father-daughter moments, see her begin to work through life’s challenges, for better or worse, on her own terms.
Through this, Emily has become the beautiful young woman she is today. Her mother, Joanne, gets much of the credit. For the record though, deep inside, Emily will always be my little girl, my Mimi, my sunlight and hope for the future.
I can’t help it. You see, it’s a father thing. No matter her age, she’ll always be those things to me.
Saturday, I’ll stand front and center, or maybe a bit to the right and a step behind. I’ll watch Emily marry a wonderful young man. I’ll be filled with pride and hope. I’ll also let go of a bit of my fatherly past to welcome a bit of my future as a father-in-law.
Emily will embark on a wonderful new journey. Of course there will be speed bumps along the way. It does build character. After all, they won’t always get to throw the cosmic dice either. Someone, something else, may do it for them. With love, happiness, compassion and kindness though Emily and Dan should navigate their lives for a long time to come.
I pray. Amen!