Some traditions remain unbowed by time

Mazel Tov to the newlyweds Jessie and James. devsmiller/instagram

I love going to weddings. Everything about them is designed to celebrate life and its possibilities. It’s one of the most important days in a couple’s life and paying witness to the occasion is always an appreciated break from the stresses of everyday life.

I also love the traditions we honor, like the reciting of vows, the happy couple’s first dance, and the father of the bride’s toast and welcome address. In many aspects of life we’ve lost sight of traditions and the reasons we have them.

The good food, cake, dancing and drinks don’t hurt either!

One of my oldest childhood friends was married in Atlanta this weekend and he honored me by asking me to be one of his groomsmen.

It was a beautiful service.

Standing by his side, I watched as my friend embarked on a new journey, surrounded by his closest friends and family.

He recited his vows to his bride to support her in life, to comfort her always and to be her rock when she needs it.

Throughout the ceremony I couldn’t help but glance over at my own wife, who was sitting in the audience, and remember the friends and family who traveled near and far to be with us on our own special day.

I’m a lucky man.

It was also a reminder for me that we may sometimes forget to celebrate the joys in life as much as we anguish at the events that give us anxiety. We need events like weddings, anniversaries and birthdays to give us a break from the noise that we are engulfed in every day.

For at least a few hours we get to forgot about politics, jobs, fears and insecurities and just celebrate life and its many blessings.

Sunday night we took pictures and laughed with friends that we don’t get to see enough.

We danced to Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Earth, Wind & Fire. 

We toasted to memories, both the ones we’ve made and the ones yet to come.

For one perfect October night at the Trolley Barn, we forgot about our problems and focused on the things, and the people, that make all of our battles worth fighting.

Thank you James and Jessie for that opportunity. We wish you a lifetime of happiness together.

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