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.