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Pictures from a Wedding

14 Nov

I’m not done yet with the residual joy I had from this recent family wedding.

There were pictures displayed outside the ballroom, of the bride and groom as little children. 

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the bride

IMG_2454the groom

I wish I had known Troy then. I knew Gracie, as we called this godchild of ours from the day of her birth. She was the first baby I knew up close and wonderful to say, still has this same little dimple high on her cheek. Her mother is my sister Nan who I have written about here and here and here and in five books and countless newspaper columns.

Grace’s father Tom was my husband David’s best friend and a force of nature all on his own. He died one matchless August morning sipping coffee and having the day’s first smoke, moments before his regular Sunday game of tennis.

He had just turned 50.

Grace was just done with  her 9th grade year. It was a hard time in life to lose a dad and she shared the loss with her four siblings from Tom’s first marriage.

How they got through those years I do not know. Nan dreamed once that first year that he appeared in their bedroom, looking sad, which he never was in life, and still in his tennis togs. ” I want to come back,” he said quietly.  Were there tears welling in his eyes? “You can’t,” Nan said, tears in her eyes and voice both. “Your  friend Jan took your job and we gave away your clothes,” her dream self-told him and the pathos of this exchange was almost more than a body could bear.

But time passed and brought new happiness. The man who had built the couple’s new house, himself newly widowed, fell in love with them both and became like another father to Grace. He and David, having showered love on her ever since, got to both walk her down the aisle.  

Troy has his own story of course, which I so look forward to learning more of. His brother told us in his Best Man toast, that before he became a Marine he was voted the strongest 17-year-old in Pinellas County. He’s a strong man still; anyone can see that.

How did they find each other again, knowing each other only slightly in high school? What miracle sets one person’s life down next to another’s with a landing as smooth and resolute as the jet makes when once again, lightly, it touches the earth?

I’ll stop now just show a few more of the imperfect pictures snapped by us amateur cameraman, lucky loving witnesses to this lucky event.

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David on the left, Chuck on the right

at the church

the ceremony

a happy new familytwo families, united

the clouds part

Troy & Grace Webb and G’s fond godparents

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a hug for all dads

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Mazeltov!

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6 responses to “Pictures from a Wedding

  1. njcoyle10nik

    November 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

    such beauty, in your words and in the pictures…. as always, t. xo

     
  2. Andrea Martin

    November 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    How well you blend the sad with the happy to create the balance needed to cope with all things. It looks like it was a lovely wedding and your hubby as handsome as ever. I still read your work and don’t always make a comment but enjoy it as much as always. I exchanged notes with an author I discovered on Facebook after learning how to use a Kindle and read his book in one day. It was a mixture of sad (the character’s 45 yr. old wife was dying with Alzheimer’s) and she apparently had a lot of money which he used to do good deeds but with consequences if the rules were broken. I learned a few things about dementia that I hadn’t known while my mother had it and it helped in a small way. A story I wrote of my memories about JFK’s death is being considered for publication in one of the local newspapers; waiting to hear their decision.

     
  3. Bernice Sullivan

    November 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    God bless them both, and all the men and women who face their challenges as blessings with the so much spirit. As usual, thanks for sharing, Terry.

     
  4. uppervalleygirl

    November 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Thank you for writing about LERV in this krazy world. Love is, I think, actually more prevalent than antipathy/ambivalence/apathy, but it’s usu. quieter and we don’t see it as much, so it needs proponents like you (with a golden pen!) to show its light amidst the darkness. Not only did I think that cute little girl was related to you when I saw the photo, I thought she WAS you. And what a handsome groom. Lucky couple. Rock on.

     
  5. Laura

    November 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for sharing the memories and the beautiful pictures…if you come across one of Mark and I at the wedding, I would love to have a copy some day.Thanks also for the lovely mention of Dad, but most of all thanks for the love you and Dave have showered on all of us Boudreau’s all these years!

     

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