Thursday, March 11, 2010
When it was time to head to the wedding, my mom and sister drove one car down the hill to the club, and I was to be driven in another car by my dad, which brings us to Wedding Day Dad Memory #1. I distinctly remember the unusually humid, 90+ degree day, which felt more like August than June. Despite the heat, I felt quite a bit like Cinderella or Scarlet O’Hara, only there was no palatial pumpkin-turned coach, nor a romantic horse-drawn stage awaiting me. Rather, I climbed precariously into the front seat of my dad’s Buick sedan and swung the multi-layered bottom of my gown over the dashboard. It was only a three-minute ride, but I clearly remember my handsome father in his tuxedo, the bright sun reflecting off my father’s side of the dashboard, and the baby blue sky ahead of us as we drove down the hill to the county club.
I felt happy, content, and as close to my father as I’d possibly ever felt, aside from Wedding Day Dad Memory #2, which occurred just a couple of hours later that day. For years, even before I had a steady boyfriend, I always pictured myself dancing with my father at my wedding to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. I don't recall why I became so attached to this song other than it’s probably the greatest song of all time. It contains an honest and genuine message about the simple beauty of life and the value of love for one another, which is free to all of us. As I danced with my dad nearly 10 years ago, I had to hold back the rush of tears as to not ruin my makeup for the rest of the day, but I know I allowed myself to feel all of the joy and emotion between a father and a daughter on her last day as “daddy’s little girl.” And, as I write at this very moment, I’m unabashedly allowing myself to well up with tears, which are streaming down my face.
Next week, I’ll write about what actually triggered the memory of this wedding song, but for now, I simply want to leave you with the notion of what a wonderful world it is. Why do we so easily fail to embrace this message on a daily basis? I don’t have the answer, but I’m going to think about it along with the 9 million other people who have viewed this video. I hope you will too.