I am not sure there is a similar feeling to express what it means to see your son getting married compared to your daughter. I have always been lousy at expressing my personal feelings with spoken words to my children. I have always found writing to be a much more accurate way of expressing my feelings which is why I have made it so important to write on this blog every day.
There is something different about the feeling compared to when your my daughter did it now four years ago. If I could put my finger on I would but there is a sense of joy for him in finding the right woman to spend the rest of his life with but a sense of sadness in losing — what am I losing? It of course could be stated that I have known Edward all his life. In this last years because of distance we have lived apart, I have not always been as close to him as I would like. I can talk to all of my children but he in many ways understands where I am coming from better than the others, My daughter gets me in certain ways and my sons get me in others but Edward gets me in how I think. It is always a pleasure to talk to him and have discussions. He is a friend as well as a son.
Edward, Jr. has never done anything halfway. When he does something he does it with a passion and optimism that few can match. In fact, it a times became annoying because I wasn’t feeling that way but he was. He definitely will be the most successful of the two of us named Ed Raby because of it.
I knew that when he finally found the love of his life there would be some definite passionate sparks. Olivia I have come to love. As much as Ed gets me I get him and I can see what he loves in Olivia. Her quiet steadfast loyalty to her family, the spark of connections she can make with little effort, the simple manner in which she puts others before herself. In Christmas gift exchanges, I had the honor of drawing her name twice and then spoiling her as if she was my own daughter. I already feel like she is my daughter and for this I am glad.
I only have one daughter. If I had known how wonderful it is to love girls and be their father, I might have had more. As of tomorrow I will have two and Olivia is that girl I can love like a daughter and that is a very good thing because she is marrying my son.
Tomorrow will be the day I gain a daughter. I will see my son become much more than he was before and start his journey to his own family. I will watch him as he start to walk more arm and arm with someone he loves. It will be good day and for that I am happy.
Blessings and Cheers!!!