Today, my "baby" got married. She is 26, as is her husband, and they've been seeing one another exclusively for five years. They have a lot of common interests.
Both are artists. My daughter's main medium is drawing - pen and ink over watercolor washes, but she does beautiful work in other areas as well. She paints, does scratchboard pieces, draws with markers and color pencil, and has done some amazing pieces with cut paper. My new son-in-law is schooled in animation, and that is the medium he loves. But he also draws, does air brush work and pen and ink drawing. For five years, I have watched them spend many hours sitting together on our couch drawing. They go to the zoo to draw, as well as the aquarium. They are currently working together on a short animated film about a character named Rackitty who they designed together quite a while ago.
They are both very straight-arrow young people as well. Neither of them drinks at all. Neither of them smokes pot or does any other kind of recreational drug. They are both smart and introspective. Neither of them flies off the handle over things. I think they are well suited to one another. And I don't think they made this decision to wed without giving it a lot of thought and discussion.
They had a very small and simple wedding. They got married in a courthouse by a judge, with only their immediate families in attendence. Both of them have only one sibling, so the group in attendence was very small, and the wedding felt intimate. They spoke traditional vows promising to cherish one another and remain faithful. The judge talked about the importance of communication, the committment to one another, the compromises that lie ahead, the importance of being honest with one another and of being able to forgive one another for their human frailties. He also spoke with them alone in his chambers both before and after the wedding. I think he did a wonderful job in performing their marriage ceremony.
I have grown to love Bill right along with Tasia. He's a wonderful young man, who is level headed and has integrity. I think Tasia has chosen a good partner. And she is devoted to him. I think he has made a good choice for a life partner as well. They believe in one another's talents and strengths, and I believe they meant every word they spoke to one another today.
I wish them much luck. Marriage has times when it is difficult - when the easier thing to do is to walk away. Her dad and I have been together for 40 years. And Bill's parents were together until his father died. So they have both had examples of what it is to stay the course. I hope they can do the same.
Life is hard at times, for all of us. And it's nice to know that someone has your back, someone is with you on things. If there is a God, I hope that he blesses this union with much joy and satisfaction: With children if they decide they want them, and with an enduring love.