Accomplished

23 Apr
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Photo credit: Pine & Sea Photography

Throughout my life, I never really considered myself to be accomplished. Sure, I’m good at stuff—I might even be pretty great at a couple of things. But I never thought I was the best at something, until last week, when my daughter, Leah, got married.

Leah is the second of my four children—one of three daughters, and the first to get married. I didn’t have anything to do with the planning of her wedding; not only is Leah creative and artistic, she’s a skilled organizer who puts Marie Kondo to shame. Her now husband, Jeff, is a talented graphic artist, so the two of them (with some help from their talented vendors) were able to pull off a truly amazing wedding celebration without any help from me. Seriously, all I had to do was buy a decent dress and find some pretty shoes that didn’t hurt my feet. I found the dress; the shoes, not so much. Ouch.

It would take too long to list all of the wonderful details and touches Jeff and Leah included in their wedding; let me just say it was beyond anything I could’ve imagined. The venue, the flowers, the music, their vows, the brunch fare (including Krispy Kreme donuts instead of wedding cake) were sublime, in my opinion. And walking Leah down the aisle accompanied by my husband, René, was one of the most joyous occasions of my life (right up there with giving birth four times.)

What impressed me the most over the course of the wedding weekend, were my children. Leah,— it goes without saying—wowed me with everything she managed to do in preparation for the celebration. But my three other kids impressed me as well. They were kind and helpful; solicitous to Leah and her needs, welcoming to Jeff’s family and friends, and generous in so many ways: monetarily, and with their time. What touched me the most, though, was when Nora and Nino gave a toast to Leah during the reception. Standing up together, they expressed their genuine love and appreciation for their sister on her special day. Not only was it humorous, it was so heartfelt that the entire room was in tears.

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Rene, Isa, Nora, and Nino

The love that my children have for each other is inexorable. They support each other fully; they are kind and generous toward each other, they laugh uproariously together. They can always count on each other, no matter what the circumstances. Any most importantly, they love being together—along with us. How lucky are we—that our kids actually enjoy spending time with their parents?

So what I discovered at my daughter’s wedding is that I really am the best at something: being a mother. Somehow, with all of the mistakes I made parenting them, I accomplished something pretty remarkable to have created such lovely children. Perhaps Rene had a little to do with it, too—I guess I’ll have to give him a little credit.

The interesting thing about being the best at being a mom, is that it’s not all that hard. And most of the time it’s kinda fun.

Love you all so much: Nora, Leah, Nino, Isa and now, Jeff.

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Yes, there were dogs involved.

 

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9 Responses to “Accomplished”

  1. Claudette April 23, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    That is an awesome post. Congratulations. 🙂

  2. Kati Bennett April 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

    Such a beautiful wedding – visually, for sure- but also so clearly full of joy and love. Your kids are gorgeous inside and out. You are justifiably proud! Love you!

    • Allegro non tanto April 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      And I love you! And your kids are amazing, as well! Congrats on Cassidy and UCLA!

  3. Elisabeth April 24, 2019 at 3:16 am #

    Beautiful.

    • debatterman April 25, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Would it surprise you to know that raising a loving, generous-hearted daughter is something I consider my most cherished accomplishment? Weddings do bring out the sentiment, don’t they?

      • Allegro non tanto April 25, 2019 at 11:17 am #

        They sure do! It’s all about the love fest!

  4. Jacqueline Hilliard April 24, 2019 at 8:18 am #

    Absolutely beautiful!! And when did Isa become a woman? Wow!

    On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 12:59 PM Allegro non tanto wrote:

    > Allegro non tanto posted: ” Throughout my life, I never really considered > myself to be accomplished. Sure, I’m good at stuff—I might even be pretty > great at a couple of things. But I never thought I was the best at > something, until last week, when my daughter, Leah, got married. ” >

  5. Julie Hagen April 29, 2019 at 6:38 am #

    So beautiful and touching!

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