Recently there was a wedding parade in my neighborhood. Yep, these celebration parades are a thing now.
A young couple in the neighborhood was scheduled to be married two weekends ago, but since this Covid thing has turned all plans upside down, they couldn’t have the wedding they had hoped (I can’t image how hard that must be!), and instead there was a wedding parade. People drove by hanging out their sun roofs, music blaring, cars slowing down to toss flowers to the bride, the whole nine yards.
It was really touching. I actually don’t even know this couple, but I walked over to watch the festivities, and I cried.
I cried for the grief and loss they must have felt to not have their big day go as planned, for the resilience that was being asked up them right off the bat, and for the devotion and love of those who drove by – not to mention their creativity (loved the drone that flew over and filmed the whole thing.)
But what really got me was one of the parade participants hung out the car window with a poster that said:
“Love is Patient”
And I realized that that said it all.
Of all that is being asked of us at this time, patience, may just be the most important (and the hardest).
But I suspect for this young couple, and for all of us, patience will ultimately be worth it.