Lawrence and Mom Dancing
Michael and Becky's Wedding
November 4, 1995
While the picture is no longer clear, the joyous memory of this evening is vivid. This snapshot was taken at son Michael's wedding to his bride Becky. Accustomed to Southern Baptist nuptials, Mom was certain they were not really married at the end of their exchanging of vows.
Mother's take on her Southern Baptist doctrine was you don't dance, drink, swear or hang around folks that do. The Catholic reception that followed was really a new experience. Once the cake had been cut she donned her coat set to call it an evening. Not so fast! The disc jockey put on Aretha Franklin's "RESPECT" and one of the groomsmen, Lawrence scooped her up and spun her around the dance floor. She, even with photographic proof of her in a champagne toast, giggling she adamantly denied this occurred. Oddly, this photo disappeared.
We were recently reminiscing about how this night was one of the happiest in her life. We seldom have seen her so happy and full of laughter.
Parents and children's relationships can be painful and complicated at times. With grandchildren, it seems God gives a do over in life. Imperfect as they are as human beings, children always miraculously produce the most perfect, smart and beautiful grandchildren ever. Apparently, a grandchild holds the power to convert a protestant at the drop of a tune.
As a proud grandmother, I can certainly respect that!
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. Psalm 30:11