Saturday, October 31, 2009

Father of the Bride

In a few hours I'll become something I've never been before - "Father of the Bride!"  Not just for Halloween, but for the forever kind of real.

So often I was asked in the past few months, "Are you ready?"  What could I say?  How does one get ready to cut off his arm?  To rip out his heart?  To give up a significant and substantial part of himself?

I couldn't wait for this day to come for her sake, and for his - the man who will be her husband and my son-in-law.  But, how sorry I feel for myself as I take on this role that I've only seen other men assume before. 

I want to make it down that aisle and to dance with her to "Daddy's Little Girl" without becoming a blubbering fool, but if I do, so be it.  I cried like there would be no end to my tears on the day she came into this world and a nurse put her into my arms.  Would it be so bad if I did the same as I put her into the arms of the man she loves, to be his wife?


cpa3485 said...

Daughters are really something special! Congratulations to all of you! May this day be full of good times and memories.

Anonymous said...

So says my Mother Joe....

"A Son is a Son
Until he takes a wife
A Daughter is a Daughter
For the rest of her life"

I've been waiting for some time for this post.

Congratulations to the bride & groom, and to you also Joe, for the wonderful job you've done.


Doug K. said...


Congratulations to your daughter and her new husband and to you, of course. There are certain times when it's ok for "real men" to cry. One is when their daughter(s) get married, the other is when they get a big scratch on their brand new scooter or motorcycle.


bobskoot said...


congratulations on your new son-in-law.

don't forget, Real Men cry . . .

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

irondad said...

Man, you clean up real good!

Giving my daughter away was worth it. We're expecting our first grandchild in January.

Look at it all as a step towards a new adventure!