Jun. 6, 2016

Love Never Fails...

“Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the gods.” Plato

“Love begins in a moment, grows over time, and lasts an eternity.”

“Love is patient, love is kind, love is humble all of the time,

Not easily angered, enduring the test...

Never forget, love is the more excellent way.”

Our granddaughter, Ashley, the beautiful and talented R.N. who works at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County as a labor and delivery nurse, is getting married next Saturday, June 11th. She is marrying a wonderful young man, Trevor Johnson, and the entire family – both sides -  is beaming upon them with pride and approval. The bridal shower was last Saturday and what a splendid time that was! All bridal showers should be like this one where the groom’s mother – another R.N. and a fabulous woman – started opening champagne as soon as guests started arriving, “Let’s get this party started,” she said, and we had so much fun. Magical, just magical. Ashley opened one fabulous gift after another and cheerfully posed for hundreds of pictures with her sister, her mother, her bridesmaids, her grandmas, her aunts, her step-mom and dozens of dear friends.

Shower guests were sent a recipe card with their invitation to send along their favorite recipe. I sent along a recipe for a happy marriage. As I said to Ashley, “Cooking  is easy. Marriage is hard.” What is the recipe? It starts with courtesy. Please, thank you and I’m sorry are never out of style.

Love is in the air in Sierra Madre, too! But first a little background thanks to Google: “Everyone knows Paris is the romance capital, the city for lovers. Some years ago, a new fad started when love-struck sweethearts began locking padlocks onto the chain link fence of the Pont des Arts, which crosses from the left bank to the Louvre museum. These love padlocks called cadenas d’amour, multiplied until there were thousands of them on the bridge, each engraved with a message of love. After locking their padlock onto the fence, lovers tossed the keys into the Seine river – a sign of their eternal devotion.”

If you happen to be one of the Mt. Wilson Trail aficionados, like my trail hiking buddy and husband, John, you know that there is a section of fence at the top of the switchbacks (you’ll have to hike up there to find out where that is) which has become our own little cadenas d’amour spot. There are now about nine padlocks with the initials of lovers.

A little more about that fence along the Seine, the city had to remove the railing with the locks of love because sections of the fencing started crumbling under the weight of all those locks, which was estimated at 45 tons. They’ll be kept in a city warehouse after they are removed until officials decide what to do with them. Here’s the sad part, “some will be melted down, meeting the same fate as the love of some who attached them to the bridge.”

I think Ashley and Trevor’s love is the forever kind, not the melted down kind. Ours is the forever kind. I hope yours is the forever kind, too.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

1 Cor. 13:4-8