Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Now THIS is Love!

Charles Honey, Religion Editor of the Grand Rapids Press, wrote a stunningly beautiful piece this past Saturday entitled "View of Gay Marriage Changes When it's Personal." I read it and cried.

What a beautiful gift Charlie gave this community! His response to his daughter is a magnificent example of how, even though life takes us down roads we might never imagine, unexpected turns can profoundly deepen our love for one another. Kudos to Charlie for his bravery in sharing the following story:

My favorite picture of my daughter, Emily, features her in full Beverly Sills mode.

She is standing by her Fisher-Price record player and happily singing along to a song from Walt Disney's "Cinderella," the book she holds in her hands like a Verdi score. Her head is held high, her chin tilted theatrically upward. She looks like she is singing an aria to thousands at Carnegie Hall, not in our living room singing to me.

That was Emily for you. Ask her to sing a song and she gladly complied, transporting herself to the stage in the process. While other girls her age were rocking to Madonna, Emily dreamed of being Shirley Jones.

Whether watching "Rainbow Brite" on TV, bouncing on the couch to the tune of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or immersing herself in a Berenstain Bears book, Emily sang and danced and read with a joy that seemed to come from someplace bright and beautiful.

My mom always said Emily dropped from heaven. Emily's mother, Wendy, and I felt she had wisdom beyond her years, as if she came into the world already knowing things.

But what Emily did not have, despite dear friends, was one particular friend, one person who cared more about her than about anyone else in the world. That was a person I very much wanted her to meet, because I did not want Emily to go through this hard world alone.

Finding that special one

Finally, she met that person. Her name is Nicole.

(To read the rest of the story, click here.)

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2 Comments:

At June 25, 2008 at 11:24 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Such a beautiful story! One of my best friends uncle finally got to marry his partner of 45 YEARS this week in California where they live.

 
At June 25, 2008 at 11:25 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Such a beautiful story! One of my best friends uncle finally got to marry his partner of 45 YEARS this week in California where they live.

 

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