Attending a friends sons wedding on Saturday I noticed the same reflection was chosen for the Wedding Service as was the case at our eldest daughters wedding. It’s was of particular appeal to us and those good friends at our table at the Reception later.
At our table the 5 couples all shared at least 4 things in common.
40 years plus in courtship and or marriage.
All with grandchildren
Agreed our children have become our best friends.
Agreed we feel much more centred and growing older was the best part of our lives.
Below is the reflection from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Barmier
Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because that is what love is.
Love is not breathless; it is not excitement; it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being ‘in love ‘which any of us convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches were found that we were one tree and not two.