It was 2 days since the wedding. A simple, beautiful wedding in a tiny white gazebo in the park over-looking the big lake, gorgeous summer day, fresh green grass, and even a few butterflies attended the ceremony. Understated and simple, the bride wore a white sundress and the groom wore khakis and a white linen shirt. Other than the butterflies, it was attended only by immediate family… The perfect casual summer wedding!
A well-loved and favorite memory of this wedding, for the bride, would always be the groom’s mother hugging her so warmly immediately following the ceremony. She whispered in the newly married girl’s ear,
I finally have the daughter I’ve always wanted! Thank you!
As a girl without a mother, this was particularly precious to the bride and made the day even that much more perfect.
The wedding night was not so perfect, but that’s another story altogether. The couple didn’t go on honeymoon…that was not in the budget and this really didn’t matter much to either of them.
Two days after the wedding, the newly wedded bride is speaking on the phone early in the morning with her mother-in law and discussing various things like the children and the wedding. God was always a big part of these conversations she had with her husband’s mother too. The bride appreciated this and valued not only having a “mother” at last, but one who could provide such guidance and support on spiritual matters. She felt truly fortunate and blessed!
During the conversation, “Mom” starts explaining that she keeps the picture of her son and his ex-girlfriend up in their living room for the child’s sake because she wants her 5-year-old grandson to have happy memories of his mom and dad together. Something about this statement feels just a little strange to the bride. She’s not at all jealous of her husband’s ex girlfriend, after all they had broken up many years earlier, long before she had known him. So she doesn’t mind the picture staying up, there’s just something that feels a little funny about the conversation when “Mom” says this and she can’t quite put her finger on what exactly it is. So she smiles into the phone and says, I think that’s a wonderful idea! Children need to have memories of their mother and father together. It’s probably a really good idea to do that for <grandson>.
Having shrugged off that weird feeling, the conversation continues as it had and the bride is practically gushing with love, adoration, and gratitude at this great relationship with this Godly woman, who is now actually her “mother”. Ohhhh so blessed!!
Toward the end of the conversation, “Mom” revisits the photo subject. She adds,
I really don’t want to take that picture down anyway. They really looked so great together, you know? Everyone always said what a beautiful couple they were, but I was always quick to remind the kids that looks aren’t everything. A relationship can’t be maintained on just looking so perfect together.
The bride says quietly, Yes, I agree.
“Mom” says, Still, no one could ever argue that they sure did make the most beautiful couple!
Not so sure what response is appropriate here and feeling terribly uncomfortable at this moment, the bride decides to end the conversation and go attend to the children.
Thanks so much for talking this morning. I’m so happy and blessed that I finally have a “mom”! I love you. Have a beautiful day!