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  • Dr. Susan Rose

The Big Day

This was the best day of my life at this point. I got to become Mrs. Robert Edward Rose. I awoke early – like a child on Christmas morning. And, you did as well, but I had told you you that you couldn’t see me until I had my wedding dress on for pictures. So, you went down to the park to watch Little League Baseball. I thought it very special that you like to encourage those kids. You always wanted to give to others what Fred and Linda had given to you – unconditional love and encouragement. Then, you had lunch and went over to the church to help the crew of family members set up.

While I was back at the house doing my fingernails, hair and make-up, the family (Mom, Dad, Kim, Barney, Jason, Greg, Linda, Scott and Mark) along with other friends from church were setting up for the reception. The sanctuary had been set up the day before for the rehearsal, but we had the rehearsal dinner in the fellowship hall. So, it had to be re-set and cleaned for the reception. As Granny was the “chef” for the reception, it was the family’s job to set up. 🙂

I always thought is a loving gesture on Granny’s part to prepare all the food, but more appreciate it now as I understand how much work that was now that I am almost her age at the time. (She was 59; I am now 57 as I write this.)

I joined the crew for set-up at about 2:00 as Daddy sent for me to make sure everything was set up as I wanted. Yet, I wasn’t in my dress yet, so we worked together n finishing the set up for the reception. Then, at about 3:00, we went to the rooms set up for the Bridal party and the Groomsmen to dress.

As I think of dressing, I’m reminded that I forgot to include you and the Groomsmen when I talked about the planning. The wedding was pink, but you thought that a little too feminine for the guys. So, they wore burgundy tuxes. But, your all white tux with tails is the story. In the planning, we discussed why the bride traditionally wears white as you were the typical guy and didn’t know anything about weddings. You decided that you wanted to wear all white as well for the same symbolism. And, because I had made such a big deal about the dress, you wanted tails on your tux.

So, we changed into our dress and tux for pictures, which began at 4:00. My favorite picture is the one above where you are sitting on a pew and I am looking into your eyes as it’s not a “staged” picture. We were relaxing a bit between the pictures and the service. The photographer saw and snapped the picture. It shows genuine love.

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