"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~From the television show The Wonder Years
I've had several friends ask, "So, when will we see photos from your daughter's wedding?"
So now you know why I'm posting these photographs of my daughter, Katie Beth Huntley. She's married two weeks as of today to my wonderful son-in-love, Nate Huntley. I'm posting photos because friends asked me to.
And, yes, because the memories of their wedding are more precious with each passing day.
Memories are ... magical.
When I was a teen, I wrote a short story about a world that erased people's memories. To me, it was a tragic thought: eradicating memories of loved ones. Now Alzheimer's and traumatic brain injuries accomplish that same terrible goal.
Life without memories is just ... emptier.
Back to the wedding.Here are some of my favorite memories:
- The look on Nate's face as he watched Katie Beth walk down the aisle to the song "God Gave Me You." (I have no photo of this because once the ceremony started, I put my camera down and savored each moment. I wanted to be present.)
|My radiant daughter, Katie Beth, on her wedding day.|
- Katie Beth and Nate made certain their wedding ceremony reflected them. There were twin strands of faith and fun--both components of who these young people are. Nate's vow included a promise to "always make Katie Beth dinner each week." (He's quite the chef.) Katie Beth promised to "always have coffee in the house." (Nate looked appreciative and relieved.)
- They chose two elements to reflect their faith: They symbolically washed each others' feet and then shared communion.
- How everyone joined in the celebration of Katie Beth's and Nate's love and their wedding. (Conga line, anyone?)
|A mother of the bride moment.|
In Your Words: When you hear the word memories, what comes to mind? Do you have some favorite memories that you cherish? As a writer, have memories every played a key role in a story you've written?
|The limo awaits!|
PS: Today is Katie Beth's birthday! Happy birthday, Mrs. Huntley!
Labels: Beth K. Vogt, In Others' Words, the value of memories