I have a plaque in my foyer that belonged to my mother. It says:
DANCE like no one is watching
SING like no one is listening
LOVE like you've never been hurt before.
LIVE like heaven begins tomorrow.
One year ago tonight my daughter Emily married her true soul mate and best friend. Their path was not always easy and they each brought a young son to the new marriage. But, everyone at the wedding knew, and felt, the beauty and joy of this union. Rather than just a couple, a new family was being created.
And it was wonderful. As it turns out it was the last wedding that Glenn would officiate. It was non traditional, mostly, and he rolled with the punches, as he always did, very well. He understood the power of a new family being joined, as we once did the same. He always loved my two children as his own. As grandparents we were proud and happy and excited about adding a new grandson, Henry, to the mix, since we loved him already.
After the formalities were over, the fun began. And that's what I'm reflecting on this evening. Dancing had become a thing of the past for G because of his many joint replacements and general arthritis. But that night? We danced like no one was watching. Remember Libby Gray Koultourides? We laughed and spun and sang and then did it all over again. As I remember, he was quite lame for days afterwards, but he expressed no regret, as it was so fun and so joyful.
And, twenty- three days later, with no warning, he was dead.
So the words of this plaque my mom had, ring so true to me now.
DANCE! SING! LOVE! It's all waiting for you; don't sit it out.
But the most important line on that plaque?
Because heaven might REALLY begin tomorrow.
Dancing, singing, loving and most of all living......
On the journey.
Henry and Ryan dancing it up at the wedding.