And to Janet - My sister. My friend since forever. This day has been waiting for you - this life is now here. During these last few weeks I had told you if you felt anxious or stressed to just imagine my hand in yours - a quick squeeze. Well my hand will never leave yours - but now there's someone else to hold you. To calm you. To love you. There is not one person here who doesn't share in the feeling that you deserve all the happiness now held in the hand of the incredible man who is joined by your side.
There is an old hebrew saying - which I couldn't remember for the life of me - so instead there is this old saying from my family: Mike - as part of our family now - I pass it to you, from brother to brother - from husband to wife : It is wise. It is deep and I reverantly give it now to you. (please take Janet's hand - squeeze it gently)
Repeat after me :
My biggest catch - that's what Mike Harvey said - after catching Janet - using only his heart as bait. (she'll explain it later)
Marriage is this. A calming bond. The knowledge that that hand is always there waiting for the chance to be held - to squeeze and squeeze back. Two hands invisibly held forever.
I toast you both, love you both with all my heart. L'chiem.
I'm Janet's sister Debbie; I'm also a hopeless romantic. I believe in Fairy Tale Endings. For those of you who've read any Fairy Tales, you know that they can be pretty grim. They're full of wicked witches, lonely princesses, lost children, and manipulative little men who won't even tell you their name! Sibling rivalry is a big theme, with brothers competing for a kingdom and sisters vying for everlasting love. In most cases though, the story finds it's way to a happy ending. That is, if the characters are willing to endure long patient vigils, (Sleeping Beauty), or are clever enough to beat an evil foe at her own game, (Hansel and Gretal), or are willing to kiss a few frogs. And never underestimate the value of supportive family and special friends. Where would Cinderella be without her Fairy Godmother, or Little Red Riding Hood without The Woodcutter?
The story of Janet and Mike has all the makings of a great Fairy Tale.
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess, on a quest for love. She managed to make time for this in between adventures with her friends, and the demands of a successful career. Janet's life was full, and she enriched the lives of all around her with her generosity of spirit, her good humor, and intuitive ability to know just what to say, as well as for the beauty she brought out in everything she put her hand to.
Having searched high and low throughout the countryside (and in a few singles clubs as well) she had found none who were worthy of her, when one day, while visiting the electronic version of the Village Square, Janet spied a posted proclamation " SWPM (Single White Professional Male seeks woman who is willing to look beneath the surface" "Oh!" she thought, "that could be scary, what kind of beast might he be?" But reading on " Looking for the friendship that is two bodies with one soul" "Ah!" she thought " what a noble and romantic notion, and she set out to find out more about the mystery man from Metro West.
A fortnight or so, passed, during which the two exchanged long letters via messenger, (instant messenger). Due to their skillful artistry with the written word, a mutual interest was born of this communication, and an invitation was issued to meet.
Being no fool, and wanting to avoid becoming a damsel in distress, Janet cautiously arranged for the meeting to take place at a public eatery, on an evening when the stranger, whose name she had learned, was Michael, had only a limited amount of time. He was duty bound to pick up one of his fair young daughters from Hebrew school. How bad could he be?
And so, armed only with her hopes, our brave heroine departed for the appointed place.
The date, as the story goes, was far from disastrous, leaving no damsel in distress. In fact, Janet has confided to this loyal handmaiden, that what she found when she did indeed look beneath the surface, was absolutely everything she'd ever told God that she hoped for in a man. And on the surface? The wonderful face, of the man who deserved, and won her heart.
And so, as is her custom, Janet once again enriched all of our lives. In the exchanging of vows sealed with a kiss, she has transformed Mike, not into the prince he already was, but into my brother (in law), and the amazing Allie and Emily into our nieces and cousins, adding them all to our Kingdom forever. And there is much rejoicing throughout the land!
Janet, Mike, Allie, and Emily, this is not the end of the story. This isn't even the beginning of the end, But it just may be The End of the beginning, of your Happily Ever After.
I love you all!
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