I know that I keep writing about this, but I am so often struck by the ways in which my life keeps showing me all of its connections.
I find myself reminded, over and over again, of how every relationship, every person we love, creates a connection to other people and other loves and other actions.
I’m sorry if this is repetitive.
Actually, no I’m not. This theme is repetitive because it just keeps on happening to me. Life is a series of synchronous connections. We are all enmeshed in a web of love.
Today I had yet another reminder of the circular nature of life. It was…….
I can’t describe it. It was lightning striking.
Two years ago, my young colleague was planning her wedding. Our good friend, Lesley, was the seamstress who was making her dress. Two years ago, nearly to the day, my friend tried on her homemade dress in the bathroom at our school. We all peeked in, we oohed and aaahed and told her that she was beautiful. Because she was! I wiped a tear as I looked at her, remembering my own wedding so many years before.
Two summers ago, my young colleague got married, in her home stitched dress. Paul and I were there to celebrate with her. Our daughter Kate was there, too, with her new boyfriend. It was a magical night and all four of us had a wonderful time.
Today my daughter tried on her wedding dress. She is marrying the “new boyfriend” in a few weeks.
The dress is being sewn by our good friend, Lesley, who made the one two years ago. In fact, the pattern that Lesley is using is the very same one that she used to make my colleague’s dress.
One dress was palest pink, one is vibrant green; both are beautiful and both fit the bride who chose it.
Today, almost two years to the day after watching my friend try on her dress, I stood in the same school bathroom, smiling at my radiant daughter in her lovely green gown. I wiped away a tear as I looked at her.
And today, two years after her wedding, my friend is in labor, working to give birth to her first child. I’ve spent all day worrying, thinking of her, sending her support and love and deep, cleansing breaths.
Around and around and around. Life goes on and passes its magic and flows from one dream to another.
Tonight I am so filled with hope; waiting for my daughter to be married in her sylvan gown; waiting to hear that my friend is holding her son in her arms at last.