Oh love. I woke up thinking of it. Maybe I'd dreamed... No, I know. I'm thinking of love because my niece is getting married next week. She is radiant and beautiful, a scientist who left the lab with her betrothed to make a better frozen yogurt in Northampton. Go Berry is delicious and causes cravings. This is a brilliant young woman. Not least of all, Molly is known for having debunked the 5-second rule. I mention it here only because if an aunt with a blog can't promote her niece's frozen yogurt, who can?
Alex, her fiance, is also a scientist. They met at Connecticut College. They love the sea, the ocean, the littoral zone, marine life, diving, swimming, many other things, and especially each other. Their kindness is touching beyond words. They once drove miles out of their way when the snow was lovely, dark, and deep, to give me a hug just because I needed one.
Molly goes through life with such courage and grace. I'm late to her life. I didn't know her well as a little girl, but we've been making up for lost time. My sister Maureen and I are watching her and Alex plan their wedding, proud to be her aunts.
I'm writing this because Love is amazing. It is fierce when it has to be. It forgives. It finds people who believe, really believe in it, and takes them into its fold. This has happened with Molly and Alex. There's sorrow here, yes, there is. There are people we love and miss--every day, but especially now.
The wild gift, beyond the casting off, has come in the form of a great coming-together. Families getting to know each other. The joy of having Alex in our lives. Molly and her cousin Mia have gotten close. Today as Mia heads off to grad school (I feel another niece blog coming,) Molly and Alex will be driving her to Vermont, helping her move in. They're together today and will be again next week; Mia will be one of Molly's bridesmaids.
Twigg will be at the wedding, wouldn't miss it for anything. The Loggias love Molly and will attend. I know my mother and Mim, ghosts for many years now, will be there. And so much family in spirit--I love you, we love you, you know that. We'll celebrate at the edge of the sea together. Be there!