The Father of the Bride Does It Again
by V.V. Denman | @vvdenman
When my oldest daughter was born,
the nurse placed that squished, bruised, swollen bundle of baby in my arms, and proclaimed,
My husband, focusing through the toaster-sized video camera on his shoulder, mumbled,
“Like her momma.”
After nine hours of labor, I didn’t look much better than the baby and felt as attractive as Jabba the Hutt, but those simple words cemented a memory in my heart.
I love that man.
For twenty-five years, he’s been telling me I’m beautiful, and believe me, he lies. There were several years after baby number three when the pounds wouldn’t budge, and after number five I rarely washed my hair. Then there was a muddy phase when my behavior was less than lovely, yet the man still insisted I was beautiful.
Now he’s done it again.
Saturday, I stood at the front of the church while my husband walked Baby Girl toward her waiting groom. Jessica glowed happiness, floating down the aisle and trying not to giggle at Colton who beamed like he’d just won the SuperBowl.
Numbly, I watched through a blur of emotion as the minister asked,
“Who gives this woman in marriage?”
My sleep-deprived brain barely registered my husband’s response.
“My beautiful daughter’s beautiful mother . . . and I.”
A simple string of words which caused me to temporarily forget my salt-and-pepper hair, the crows’ feet at the corner of my eyes, and the skin on my neck which hangs like crepe paper.
As he placed Jessica’s hand in Colton’s, a tear trickled down my cheek. Not because I was losing a daughter. Not because I was physically and emotionally exhausted.
But because Colton looks at Jessica the same way her daddy looks at me.
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (New Living Translation)
Those of you who have been following The Mother of the Bride Blog Series (especially the post entitled, Bridal Portraits and a Victorian Settee) know how difficult it’s been for me waiting to share Jessica’s portraits.
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