August 15, 2015 (8/15/15)
The day was august in August. The ambient temperature was 66.7 degrees, there was 95% humidity, the barometric pressure was 30.13 inches of mercury and rising at 7:15 am. It was a full sun day with a gentle breeze that dissipated the humidity throughout the day. Perfect.
Sarah was a hot mess and a true gift from the beginning. She came into this world with a mad mess of hair and a sense of self early on. Her brother, John, and cousin, Downes, spend a lot of time with us marching through woods, boating, swimming, and really spending childhood out of doors. Looking back, it was enchanting. Mom, Cathy, father, John, and Aunt Christy had those three convinced that the local forests were inhabited with hobbits and that animals could talk. Sarah had an interesting habit of taking her shirt off and then putting it right back on: “shirt on, shirt off.” Once, she fell off of a downed tree that extended into the Wye River. She came running to me crying and coated in mud. I laughed until I, too, cried! Thus, began the tradition of being baptized in the Wye River!
Sarah grew up! However, she has managed to maintain a spark of madness, a smatch of silliness, and plenty of academic success. There was high school, college, and grad school. There were bad boys and so so boys and then there was Jimmy Councilman. This young man managed, in a single moment, to steal the hearts right out of all of us. He was straightforward, real, intelligent, quiet, and very handsome (just to mention a few things from a very long list). In other words…we loved him immediately! Love at first sight sounds corny, but, I believe, this was the case. To me, it seemed that those two realized that they had found “home” in each other…a realness and security, a sureness, and a resilliance…to share a life path together and with us all.
Forever Begins Here
Jimmy and Sarah shared their engagement Christmas day in my kitchen. Presents paled as we celebrated this juncture and joining of families. In reflection I feel that the most outstanding value that Sarah and Jimmy exude is the notion that this wedding was not about their beginning, but all of our beginnings with them. I have never felt this….ever. I have heard it said, but never felt the deep desire for this very thing. I believe this made their commitment very personal to everyone, individually. I felt important and necessary! I believe each person did. The wedding was perfect in every detail. I have never witnessed a ceremony so thought out and specific to their lifestyle, goals, and commitment. If I could relive this day over and over again, I would. My memories must suffice. Reflections from Sarah and Jimmy’s wedding give me hope that there is still pure intentions in this world. Their parents did a great job bringing them to that moment in their young lives to love and trust, share and give, work and play…..and allow all of us to be front row and center. Forever begins here.
Chris Warren………..on the Wye!