TO HAVE AND TO HOLD FROM THIS DAY FORWARD What a powerful promise. I here this one in almost every wedding I photograph. The vows - emotional, solemn, sometimes funny words we say in front of those that have come to celebrate with us. The ring exchange that follows is to symbolize the eternity of the word we just said.
I think of those words often - to have and to hold - when I need an arm wrapped around my shoulders at the end of the day - sometimes it is after a busy day, just to sink into my husbands arms on a sofa in front of tv, sometimes it is in a cooler winter evening, when a t shirt and a sweater still have me shivering and sometimes for no reason at all. To HOLD, be held - it is a wonderful connection.
I feel that we are more likely to hold out children as if by entering our world they came with this vow - held from the very first moments, comforted, made secure, assured of how much they are cherished. So this holiday season, I wish for everyone, to find a moment to hug someone, to hold them, to give a sense of being special and loved.