On my birthday last weekend I attended one of the most beautifully authentic marriages I have ever witnessed. Oh. Did I mention it was my son and his new wife’s wedding?

The entire wedding party – about twenty of us – walked from their apartment in Jamaica Plain over to Jamaica Pond. The fifty-degree January daytime temp helped with that.

Her dad – an ex-military higher up – married them. He spoke the most meaningful and sincere sentiments I had ever heard in a wedding ceremony.

But what I found most astounding was the utter ease, joy and familiarity my son and partner of five plus years felt with one another. They seemed to deliver trust and confidence (and humor) into the other’s eyes and hands as they exchanged vows. I felt honored, humbled and privileged to bear witness to that energy between them.

There’s a line from Kahlil Gibran’s ‘On Children’ that, for parental units, reads: You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. http://www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html

Powers that Be, please, help me strive to be like them.