What a deliriously delightful surprise it was to see he and his fiance walking hand in hand down the little local path way that usually takes us to the beach.
A small, humble gathering of friends and family (only forty guests) made the event intimate, relaxed and so very special. Never before have I witnessed the tenderness that was evident between Nell (the new sister i'm adding to my collection) and her family. A sprawling collection of people filled with obvious love and respect for each other. Their hugs were huge and lingering, their faces soft and sincere.
In the eyes of my own parents I saw the happiest kind of tears. The kind they had been hoping to cry for their son, and now they have. With joy and pride and contentment they watched Jonno commit to love and cherish, for better or worse.
There were tears, hugs, kisses, speeches and toasts. Stories of years gone by and hopes (for grand-babies and cousins) for the future.
I can't express the pride I felt to see my brother take the hand of his lover, for the rest of his life.
Now, and only now, our family is complete.*
Welcome Nell, we love you.
*with the exception of many, many more babies. No pressure Jonno and Nell, but you know- procreate.