149th birthday on July 1st for Canada. 240th birthday on July Fourth for the USA which has only been a holiday since 1941. Happy Canada Day. Happy US Independence Day.
And a wedding on July 2nd. True Love. Here are the words from the groom’s father who knows his son will fill her love bucket.
There’s something magical about love. It’s a certain kind of magic that changes not only two people’s lives but can also change entire families. It can even change the lives of people we’ve never met. Love can create beautiful things, which themselves are just as magical. Like cherished memories, profound relationships, and a great family.
Nothing can truly describe the profound effect love has on us and on the people around us. It can be felt across many distances as well as deep within ourselves. Oftentimes, as you simply stroll inside the shopping mall, and without even looking, you can almost feel two people close by walking side by side, holding hands, gazing at each other with admiration, whispering to each other lovingly, or being wrapped in each other’s arms.
This is not some esoteric phenomena. Think about the times when you drove up to a red light. You nonchalantly turn around to look at the person in the car beside you, and they eerily turn their head to look at you at the exact same moment. Or think about when someone near you yawns and you feel compelled to yawn, too… Or better yet, think about when someone smiles.
That’s the magic I’m talking about. You can’t ignore it. You can’t explain it. You can’t define it. You can’t fake it. And you certainly can’t compare it, for this kind of magic has no equals. It defies the laws of physics, although give my son Tyler a moment or two, and I’m sure he’ll Google up some theory to back it up.
But above all, it’s the magic that was unquestionably palpable in a tiny hospital room on the cold morning of March 16, 2015 when my wife was slipping away because of cancer. So palpable, in fact, that it was overwhelming. Just an hour before she took her last breath, a mother had the chance to witness her son pledge his love to his wife. It may have been involuntary reflexes, but as they exchanged their vows, my beloved, who was in a coma, suddenly opened her eyes as if not to miss this amazing moment.
Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is magic.
That ceremony meant more to me than I can possibly ever put into words. Because on that day, I’ve witnessed true magic. The magic between a mother and her children. The magic between a daughter-in-law and her mother-in-law. And above all, the magic shared between two amazing people: my son and his wife. And to be able to be a part of it, and to witness and experience that moment, has forever changed my life.
Truly, the magic between you is beautiful and boundless, hopeful and heartfelt, sincere and strong. You have not only blessed each other’s lives but you have also blessed mine. So it is with immense honor, pride, and deeply felt gratitude that I congratulate not only two amazing and wonderful people, but the magic you share for each other, as well as the people around you.
May your life be filled with magic that endures beyond the last sunset.
Forever plus a day.
I love you both.
Shared by Michel Fortin husband of Sylvie Fortin at the formal wedding ceremony of his son Tyler and wife Priya.