Some Things Never Change (2)

by Benny Law June. 21, 2020 570 views

Today was a special day. I attended a brief but very sweet and touching wedding ceremony in the small backyard of a semi-detached home. It was my daughter's wedding. The day has finally come. And gone.

Her wedding was originally scheduled for late April, but due to the pandemic, she was forced to cancel it. All of her efforts that went into the planning proved to be in vain. As if that's not bad enough, the venue owner refused to return her $10K deposit. (No, it's not a typo, it really is ten grand!) It was only recently that she was able to secure a marriage certificate from another city and book a travelling officiant.

There were only a total of seven people at the ceremony which lasted less than half an hour. It was a hot and humid day, and I was busy trying to capture some of the moments on camera. It was weird to see the bride and groom wearing masks and keeping a distance from the officiant and even from each other! Because I was distracted by the pressure to get a few good shots while wiping my sweat, I didn't really have time to process what was transpiring at the ceremony and the significance behind. Or maybe deep down, I was not prepared to process it yet.

The bride and the groom, in a corner of their own backyard, having just finished signing the papers.

The bride and the groom, in a corner of their own backyard, having just finished signing the papers.

As I was leaving after the ceremony, my daughter handed me a bag of stuff that she had gotten for me and pointed to a card in the bag.

"There is a card in there for you, Dad," she mentioned to me in a casual tone. I felt an urge to hug her as I hadn't done so for ages since the lockdown started, but decided to hold back for reasons you may find hard to comprehend, so I won't try to explain here.

It turned out to be a Father's Day card. Once home, I opened it with anticipation, wondering what she might have written in the card this time.

The first Father's Day card from my now married little girl.

The first Father's Day card from my now married little girl.

Just as I expected, the card was filled with her handwriting in a small cursive script both inside and on the back, and reading it just flooded me with emotions and memories. I am not going to repeat her long message here, but I will share with you the short poem that she wrote at the end of her long message:

Loved you yesterday, love you still,
Always have, always will.
Today a bride, tomorrow a wife,
Always your little girl for life.

I like it. I like it a lot. She will always be my little girl. Some things never change.

Here is a link to my first post on this subject if you have not read it before or would like to read it again: Some Things Never Change

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J D 3 months, 1 week ago

All I can say is extremely moving and touching Benny. I was never able to have the daughter that I always wanted so your heartwarming story is exactly how I would have envisioned the love for her father. You both are truly blessed indeed.

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Benny Law Replied to J D 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, JD. We both realize how blessed we are, so we are full of gratitude.

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David Nurse 7 months, 1 week ago

What a great shot of the Happy Couple, and the card, You are both lucky to have each other, but does the groom get the best deal, he has you both.

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Benny Law Replied to David Nurse 7 months, 1 week ago

David, thank you so much for your sweet comment. We are all very blessed indeed.

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Colin Massey 1 year, 2 months ago

Your post made me take a large intake of breath when I read the loss of £10,000 that is so scandalous , I hope that there is some avenue you can go down to reclaim it.  However how heart warming that the only thing that really matters out of all of this is the love for one and other ,  the fathers day card and poem brought a tear to my eye. I wish your daughter and her husband a long life filled with nothing but happiness.

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Benny Law Replied to Colin Massey 1 year, 2 months ago

Well said, Colin. Money can be made, but love is priceless and shouldn't be taken for granted. I appreciate your comment and your warm wishes for my daughter and her husband. Thank you so much.

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Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 3 months ago

How lovely!
I hope she will be very happy.
Beautiful bride. Mxx❣️❣️

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Benny Law Replied to Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 3 months ago

Heartfelt thanks to you, Marilyn! God bless.

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Nancy Andrea D 1 year, 3 months ago

Aww ... I am so touched by this post. Anyway, congrats to you, Benny and also to your daughter and her hubby!

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Benny Law Replied to Nancy Andrea D 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for your comment, Nancy. I'll pass on your congrats to them.

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Jovana Lakic 1 year, 3 months ago

Congratulations, Benny! You have a beautiful and caring daughter, and they make such a great couple. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo.

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Benny Law Replied to Jovana Lakic 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment, Jovana. Much appreciated.

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Tsao T-F 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing this unforgettable moment.church
Glad you have a sweet daughter forever.heart

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Benny Law Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 3 months ago

It's my pleasure to be able to share, and thanks for reading and leaving such kind comments. May God bless you, my friend in Taiwan.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

So emotional. Congrats my friend for such a beautiful (inside and outside) daughter.

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you so much, Antonio. She is a gift from God and I'm thankful for her. BTW, I always admire your ability to express your thoughts so succinctly.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 3 months ago

That's because my English is not perfect 😁

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

I went back and re-read the post from December and came back here and re-read this post as well. Brought tears to my eyes Benny and I hope that you share these posts with your daughter. The poem is sweet as sweet can be, you are definitely loved by her. 🤍🤍

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm thankful for your support, Camellia. Being a mother yourself, I'm sure you can relate. I just added a photo of the bride and the groom to this post, so feel free to scroll up and take a look. 😊

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 3 months ago

I am so glad you added the photo. I was hoping your next post would be photos of the wedding and such when I initially read this one. Thank you for sharing and what a beautiful capture of the bride and groom.

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 3 months ago

Sadly, this is just about the only acceptable shot I got. The afternoon sunlight was harsh, and everything was done in a rush. They were wearing masks the whole time. I had to ask them to remove their mask for this shot, the last shot from the event, and I'm glad I did.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 3 months ago

All I can say Benny is that this whole "new life" sucks! This should have been the one of the best moments of their new life together and one of your most memorable moments. No doubt it is still memorable and one you and they will look back into, just not the "standard" way we have all been used to. But you captured the moment and that is what counts. :)

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