“I can’t believe I’m getting married today.” I said, feeling more than a little nervous. Emily was over helping me get ready while Becka went to go run some last minute errands. In just a matter of hours Eric and I were going to be man and wife.
“I know, you must be terribly nervous.”
“A little yeah, but not as bad as I thought I would be.”
“Are you sure you are ready for this?” Emily asked.
“For marriage, yes of course, I am excited about the fact that this is really happening, I am going to be married to the man I love, and the man who loves me.”
“I’m glad to hear that, but that’s not what I was talking about, the surprise you had planned for that.”
“Oh that, yeah I think I’m ready, at least I hope I am ready.”
“Just be careful Heather, I don’t want you hurting yourself.”
“I have my doctor here if I do.” I said.
“I’m off today, I’d like to keep it that way.” Emily said laughing.
“I know I was just being smart.”
“I hadn’t noticed.” Emily said teasing me back.
I could not believe that this day had arrived. Emily was here helping me get ready for my wedding, the dress was just right, and I was more than grateful for that. I was glad I hadn’t chosen to go with a large train before the accident, because having to deal with a long train just wan’t going to work, in fact I had decided to pretty much forego the train altogether, though I was getting married in the traditional white.
“Hey honey.” Mom said, interrupting my thoughts, I had not expected to see her so soon. I had only seen her a few times since I was shot, and every time she acted as if she were completely uncomfortable, so I didn’t push the issue.
‘Hey Mom.” I said, as she bent down to give me a hug.
“I can’t believe my baby girl is getting married.”
“I haven’t been your baby girl for a long time.”
“Honey you will always be my baby girl.”
“I love you.”
“I love you too sweetie. How have you been feeling?”
“I’m fine Mom you don’t have to worry about me, I have a doctor right here with me.” I said, smiling at Emily.
“I’m glad you’re being well cared for.”
“Mom I’m capable of taking care of myself though, I know you are worried about me, but I am not completely incapable of caring for myself.”
“I know I just worry about you, that’s part of a Mothers job description.”
“Well for today part of your job description is helping me get ready for the wedding. In a couple of hours your daughter is going to be a married woman.”
“Where has the time gone?”
“I don’t know Mom.”
Lord I can’t believe this day has finally come, I am going to be a married woman, for today the things of the past are just that things of the past, and the accident has proven not to change the love I have for Eric or the love he has for me, and I thank you for that as well. I ask that you give me the strength to get through today, and to pull of the surprise I have in mind for the wedding.
“I’m proud of you Heather, you aren’t letting what happened to you stop you from living your life.”
“If anything Mom it has taught me to cherish life more, and to not take a moment for granted.”
“I think that’s a lesson we all need.”
“So do I.”
I looked in the mirror as Mom and Emily worked magic with my hair, I could not manage to get any sort of wave in it, but whatever they were doing was working and I was thankful for that. I was trying not to be vain, but I wanted my hair to look good for my wedding.
“You look beautiful.” Mom said, smiling at me with tear filled eyes. I knew she was remembering me growing up and once again wondering where the time went. I was grateful she was there though, grateful that I had a Mother to celebrate this day with me, my Father had left long ago, and I rarely heard from him. I dropped him an invitation in the mail, but didn’t expect him to show up.
“You really think so Mom?” I asked, remembering how Mom helped me get ready for the Prom all those years ago.
“I really do honey.” Mom said.
“I agree, you look great.” Emily said. “Now let’s get to the church, before you’re late to your own wedding.”
“Okay I’m ready.” I said, smiling, winking at Emily, she was the only one in on my secret on the surprise. I did not want anyone else to know what I was planning.
Lord let me pull this off, it would be a huge answer to prayer. It may mean something small, but to myself and I know to Eric it would mean so much. I will love you and praise you regardless Lord, but if this be in your will let this come to pass.I pulled myself up with the forearm crutches Emily had loaned me and even adjusted to fit me. It was my upper body doing the work, but I was standing in front of a crowd for the first time since I was shot. I was out of my chair, and using the crutches, slowly, methodically making my way down the aisle, a friend from The Agency giving me away instead of my own Father, but it seemed fitting somehow.
“Heather I love you.” Eric said with tear stained eyes. “I couldn’t ask for a better wedding present than this.”
As Eric and I exchanged our vows, I found myself leaning more on him than on the crutches, and before long I was practically melted into his arms. After the ceremony I only eased myself into the chair out of sheer exhaustion, but the Lord had answered my prayer, I had walked down the aisle, with the aid of crutches but I had done it.
Lord you are so good to me. I love you and praise you.“Thank you Emily.”
“For what? You’re the one who did all the work.”
“For not laughing at me, for believing that I could really do this.”