Tonight I was rehearsing. In a few weeks I will be singing at a friend’s wedding. I was so honored that she asked me to partake in her celebration. There is nothing quite so sweet as witnessing two people joining their lives together. Merging not only their hearts, but their families, their traditions and their values.
Every little girl has a list. This little fairy tale of who her Prince (or Princess) Charming is going to be. Usually it includes things like: handsome, rich, funny, pretty eyes, great body… And the list goes on and on. As we get older, we add to that list. And we hope and dream and pray that we meet that man. For me, it’s like Garth Brooks said, “Sometimes I Thank God For Unanswered Prayers”.
My friend is a tough woman. She is used to going it alone. She’s been raising her children and enjoying her life. So when she met her man, she wasn’t ready to rush into anything. But then something quite wonderful to watch began to happen to her. She’s always been fiery, sometimes to the point of hot headedness. She’d be the first to tell you this, so I’m not talking out of school. But suddenly she just seemed more content. Happier. More centered. Her smiles weren’t just surface movements anymore, but came from somewhere deeper inside her. You could tell. She just glowed.
And the thing is, this guy didn’t try to change her. He didn’t want to. He simply accepted her for who she was. The results were awesome! She was more comfortable in her own skin. She began to change herself, though I don’t think she realized it. She felt comfortable and safe. She trusted him. For the first time that I remembered, she truly began to share who she was at her core with a man. She didn’t worry about whether or not it would work out. She was willing to try. To grab her happiness by the horns and hang on to it.
In a world of casual relationships and easy outs, it’s refreshing to watch two people still willing to take that plunge and commit themselves to each other. “Your Love” by Jim Brickman and Michelle Wright will be the song I sing for them on that day. I truly wish them all the love and happiness I’ve found in the man who didn’t quite fit my fairy tale list…but brought a list of his own of characteristics I never listed but always needed. I wish for them the love, acceptance, friendship and trust that matter so much more than those little superficial things.
I consider it icing on the cake that my man is also good looking and can cook! I’d love to hear from you guys… When you think love and commitment, what do you think of? What were your childhood fantasies of that person? Are you still searching? Or if you’ve found your Mr/Ms Right, did it match what you dreamed of? Share!