Being true to herself

by | Feb 4, 2023 | DominiQue Christina Day One

The light streams through the low windows on the south of a large vaulted sanctuary casting a romantic glow over the red padded oak pews. The young woman, so full of dreams birthed in this womb of her teenage years, stands in the back observing. The candle arbors are placed on each side with beautifully tapered candles reaching up to the loft ceiling. Moving quickly with a youthful energy down the aisle she forces herself to confront her mother. This is the rehearsal for her wedding and she knows exactly what she wants. She wants to create her Cinderella moment and the live happily ever after story.
As she is leaving the sanctuary her dad steps up to her side tells her to follow him. His feet move across the tan linoleum of the foyer. Just ahead of him is the groom. Reaching the other side of the foyer, her father steps up into the stairwell to the balcony. Looming over her and her dad, up the steps, the groom is irritatingly leaning against the wall. The man looks lovingly at his young daughter as she looks up at him and her groom.
Swallowing before he speaks, he starts to voice his thoughts. “If, either one of you does not want to go through with this wedding, I will take care of everything to call it off. You won’t have to do a thing. Are you both sure you want to do this?” Her world comes to a complete standstill. For years she has mastered in thoughts while feelings are buried. As rapid as bullets from an AR-15 the thoughts come. How would it look if she said no? What would others think? How violently would the groom react? All the plans would vanish into thin air. As she is whirling internally, the groom states of course he wants to marry her, the dream of his life.
Her dad turns and looks at her. The moment is burned into her memory, the two men in her life standing on the steps of a staircase waiting for her response. Her entire being – all of it screams at high volume NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! A second of silence that lasts an eternity passes as she looks at them both.
Yes, of course I want to get married tomorrow.

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