Over the years, I collected words to represent special days. Resolutions signify a New Year, gifts denote birthdays, hearts for Valentines, flowers for Mother’s Day, books for Father’s Day, and music for Christmas. These day-word pairings are rather obvious, especially when reinforced by the seasonal advertising campaigns that have the power to seduce even the hardened penny-pincher.
Weddings, on the other hand, are extra, extra special. Whether formal or informal, weddings are uniquely personal for two people who have chosen a life together. Friends and family come to celebrate their joy, but the day belongs to the couple. The only word that reflects the magnitude of a wedding is “vow”, a solemn promise.
In a grand story, there is always a quest, a journey towards a goal where the main players travel many miles into wild and dangerous territory, overcoming significant difficulties along the way to reach their final destination. I have lived through two or three remakes of Jason and the Argonauts seeking the Golden Fleece, not to mention Odysseus’s long and torturous voyage home. Even more famous is the quest for the Holy Grail of the Arthurian legend. My personal favourite, “Lord of the Rings”, is always a source of inspiration.
Just last week, I attended my niece’s wedding. Luminous and beautiful… she walked down the aisle, slowly, confidently, fearlessly. She was ready to let go of a past time, eager to embrace a new beginning. And that was when I realized, with singular clarity, she was on a quest.