Love is Love!
I recently attended the wedding of a friend of mine. I hadn't been to a wedding in a while but I realized that not much had changed. The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt, the reception was full of warm speeches, laughs and exuberance and the music was pretty fantastic. Sounds like your typical wedding, right? Well there was one difference which was pretty amazing, instead of a bride and groom, there were 2 brides!
My friend is a little older and for most of her life, had tried to fit into the conventional notions of what was expected of her. Over the last couple of years, she started a journey of acceptance and became more comfortable and confident in her own skin as she came out. I can still remember how I felt when she shared with me that she was gay. I was shocked and surprised as I really had no idea but mostly, I was deeply honoured that she would be comfortable enough to tell me.
Ok now back to the wedding. The guests were quite varied from kiddies under 5 to the much more mature set in the 70s and 80s. It was nice to see so many generations together enjoying themselves. As I sat there looking at everyone around me, the acceptance was what astonished me. Everyone was so happy for these 2 people who had found each other and wanted to support and love each other within the wonderful institution of marriage. They wanted to say their vows like everyone else, wanted to celebrate with friends and family like everyone else. They were 2 people who found love. What an awesome thing.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we can't deny that people just want to feel wanted and supported. Love is love.
So thank you, my friend, for inviting me to be a part of your wonderful celebration. Did I mention the music was fantastic?