A container for joy, by Beth

24 Jan

The very first thing “container” made me think of was Kahlil Gibran’s ‘Joy and Sorrow’ from The Prophet: “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” I don’t care, dear reader, if you think he’s naff. I read the book just after my grandmother had died when I was 17 and that idea of not being afraid of sorrow because it carves you out so you have more room for joy has stayed with me ever since and been a great comfort.

So in the spirit of containing joy, and love, I am sitting here writing my speech for Tabitha and Nathan’s wedding this weekend and having a good old trip down memory lane while I’m at it. (Don’t worry guys, the Kahlil quote won’t be in there!) Looking through old photos I discovered these. Taken on the 19th of April 2008. The first flush of love fresh on their beauteous faces.

If these guys aren’t joy-containers, I don’t know what is. Note, they are sniffing each other for realz – those Vietnamese wedding photographers know what time it is.

I know you’ll have one hundred years of happiness.

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2 Responses to “A container for joy, by Beth”

  1. Justyna January 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I was going to point out the sniffing too! Bloody professionals, these two are. The love is actually popping out of the pictures. Holy crap. Wish I had been around to see these to love-sick puppies in their fullness. Saturday is going to be pretty damn spesh.

  2. Tabitha January 30, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    We actually do look like puppies too. Shaggy little love puppies.

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