There is an age old debate about whether children should be part of wedding parties. When my sister got married, my father was adamant that the little cutie pictured above should be the ring bearer. I really love my boys but knew that being the Matron of Honor would fill my day and I was not convinced that Glenn would cooperate at 3 years old.
The night of the rehearsal dinner, Glenn was spent, after an hour ride to New Jersey and having to stay seated at a restaurant for 90 minutes. By the time we had the ceremony rehearsal, he was off an running with all of his boyish pent up energy to the point that the pastor approached me and asked:
"Where will he be tomorrow?" to which I curtly replied
"He will be sitting right next to you!"
I then assured him that we had arranged child care for the day and he would not be attending. My Father reluctantly agreed that I had made a good decision and the wedding day went off without a hitch.
Fast forward to when Glenn was 7 years old, he was asked to be in my sister-in-laws wedding and did a fabulous job as the ring bearer. At this point, Dan asked:
"If Glenn is the ring bearer, what am I?"
and we told him
"You are a guest"
So he told everyone he met
"I am The Guest!"
We are so looking forward to our nephew's wedding this June and Dan is now promoted to groomsman. It has been a true delight to see these cousin's, that are only 6 weeks apart in age, have such a special friendship.
Glenn Sr. and I have had the privilege of celebrating 32 years of marriage this year, and while our amazing trip to California was cancelled because of a norovirus (just couldn't face flying with how we were feeling!!) we are looking forward to a special trip next year. It is so hard to wrap our heads around the fact that we are the same age now as our parents were when we were married! How did that happen!
Here is a funny anniversary story. Glenn Sr. works for a large software company and started working there on February 29, 1996 which was a leap year. There is an employee award at 5, 10, 15 years and so on but he always has to ask for his gift because the computer system only counts every February 29th and he gets 1 year of work credit for every 4 years he works!
Finally, today we remember the anniversary of Dad Hartranft's passing. It has been 20 years and you have missed so much and we miss you! We are thankful for the assurance that we will see you again and we will have all of eternity to catch up!
Love you more,