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.
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.
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