One month ago, our friend Lynn sat down and wrote us a letter. Have I mentioned how fabulous this project has been for hearing from our family and friends as the big day approaches? Reading your thoughts and wishes, your memories and expectations, has made this planning process so much more meaningful for us.
One of the hardest things about leaving Toronto to come home was leaving friends like Wes & Lynn. Lynn’s husband Wes is one of Alex’s oldest friends; he’ll be standing next to him when we say ‘I do’ – and I’ll be holding a childhood keepsake of Lynn’s. Lynn spent a lot of time thinking about what to send, searching through shops, before she found ‘the one.’ I’ll let her tell the story of this gorgeous flower:
I was digging through an old tickle trunk of mine and my eyes were drawn to a simple, pretty yellow brooch and my heart swelled. I knew that this was the piece that I was going to send to you. I am one of three girls and we spent MANY hours playing dress up – which included wardrobes of old dresses, shoes, hats, scarves, and of course, jewelry to finish off the outfits.
My grandmother was a great contributor to our growing collection, particularly in the jewelry category. She would pick up items on her adventures whether it was at a yard sale, her local jewelry store or even her own jewelry box. I was holding this pendant, my thoughts were drawn back to the carefree emotions during those hours of play, the childhood laughter, the delight in looking/feeling ‘grown up’ and then of course the disagreements that would erupt, ‘Not fair, you got to wear the pretty purple shoes last time … it’s my turn!’
When you add this to your bouquet, I hope that all of that wonderful range of emotions will accompany you on your wedding day and for all of the days to follow (but I am quite certain that Alex won’t be borrowing your purple shoes any time soon.)
Lynn, your letter touched me deeply – and made me remember the boxes of Jay Norris jewelry my Nana used to give to my cousins & me to play with. Those smiles and memories are priceless – thank you for reminding me of them, for making me smile, and for being here for us so many times in the past, and on our big day – and I’m sure for many, many years to come.