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Flower Girls

by fivesimplethings on July 16th, 2010

My daughters moved from fairy tale princesses to the real deal last week when they were the flower girls in my cousin’s wedding.  They were beautiful, whimsical,  graceful… Mom and dad were anxious, sweating, and fearful.

Here we were again finding some of our own self identity in the performance (or lack thereof) of our children.   Couple of pieces of advice:

  1. 2 years old is too young to be a flower girl.  4 years old is perfect.
  2. Line the center aisle with Skittles or M&Ms for maximum speed and performance down the stretch
  3. Work all contingency plans. For example, if one of the girls stops and runs out of the church, the other should keep moving forward.  Don’t look back.

Can you get a sense for how our day went?

Bottom line… it was tense, crazy and in the end, glorious.  My biggest lesson was that the wedding had very little to do with me or my girls.  It was all about the beaming couple about to start a new life together.  Our girls were just window dressing on a new vista of opportunity for the new couple.  By the way, they were really fantastic window dressing.

-John Tolsma

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