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Wedding: mother's eye view

Posted Monday, May 16, 2011, at 3:37 PM

As the Mother-of-the-Bride, I realize throughout the actual ceremony there really isn't much for me to do other than look amazing; and well that is nothing new, I look that way every day! Feeling left out, I thought it only appropriate that I break the tradition of the Mother-of-the-Bride being seen and not heard, so I wrote a speech to my youngest daughter and her groom. What better way than utilizing my freedom of "Speech" in a place where my voice won't crack and the only thing red (read) are my words!

As I visualize myself sitting quietly staring as you walk down the aisle as the man that you have chosen to share your love with stands before you, wishing that you would hurry and get down there so that people would stop staring at him, I won't be seeing the beautiful bride that with such elegance and poise will glide from the back of the church towards her destiny, I will see the little girl that I was blessed to be able to call my daughter.

I will feel in those few moments as you walk towards me the pride and feeling of complete awe, as I did the first time that I saw your tiny face. I will see the little girl that would play Barbies for hours on end, lock herself in bedrooms and fall asleep not knowing that I was freaking on the other side because I couldn't get in, and who wanted so badly to be able to keep up with her older sisters; you know the ones that would repeatedly tell you that we found you in a McDonald's dumpster and brought you home...how you survived your childhood unscathed by those tall tales is beyond me.

As I sit quietly at this very moment with tears streaming down my cheeks as I try to maintain some sort of composure as I realize that you are exiting one stage of your life and entering yet another, I quickly thought back to the time when we were watching American Idol and we would laugh as we would cancel each other's votes out as we voted for the other guy. We have been through a lot of challenges and change you and I, and at this moment in time I realize just how fortunate I was to have God bless me with such a wonderful daughter. Children are truly the best attributes that parents possess. I have nothing but pride and admiration for each and every one of my children. But at this moment as we all well know... it is all about Robyn!

Thank you for making being your mother a usually joyous experience. I want for you to enter the next phase in your life with open arms and an open heart. Patrick, please know that we welcome you in to our crew whole heartedly.

As parents we dream that someday our children will find that person in their lives that will compliment and complete them, and you have. God has blessed your union and given you the opportunity to love and cherish and give the best of who you are to each other. We are truly proud of you and look forward to what the future holds in store for the Diekmans.

Let us raise our glasses, cups of coffee or bottles of water...whatever your choice of beverage is at this time and toast the blessing of the marriage of Robyn and Patrick Diekman.

Congratulations and God Bless you with many years of happiness, love and laughter. I love you!

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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