Letter to the Editor,
Delightfully Dad’s Day!
It’s 2:00 p.m. and the Cristiano family has punctually arrived at Holy Family Church for Maria and Mario’s wedding scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
The wedding party has been instructed to wait in the Parish Hall and the entire Cristiano family congregates there to await their cue to proceed into the church entrance.
Junior is taking pictures.
Everyone looks picture perfect all dressed up.
Junior walks over to where Dad is standing and then suddenly blurts out, “What was yours and Mom’s wedding like?”
Dad is momentarily jolted by the question and then a great big smile forms on his face.
“All that day I kept telling myself, ‘I can’t be late, I can’t be late.’ Your mom would kill me if I was late. I kept checking the time all day. I didn’t want to leave the house in case something went wrong while I was out. My best man was going to come by and pick me up to go to the church at 2:00 pm. It was 2:00 pm and he didn’t show up. I called him and he didn’t answer. I got in my car and drove to church. I looked at my watch and it was 2:30 pm but the church parking lot was empty and I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I walked to the church and it was empty except for a few people praying. The church wasn’t decorated. I thought maybe my watch was wrong, was I too early or was I too late. My heart sank if I was late and everyone went home because I didn’t show up. Oh no, your poor mother, I thought, she’s never going to forgive me, she hates me. I rushed out and drove as fast as I could to your mother’s house. Your Tío Ricardo answered the door dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. ‘What about the wedding?’ I anxiously inquired. ‘It’s tomorrow,’ he broke out laughing as I stood there in my rented tuxedo.
‘Junior, that’s what I’ll always remember; the wedding the next day was just a great big blur to me, but don’t tell your mother that.’”
Man to man, Junior says, “Don’t worry Dad; your secret is safe with me.”
June is Father’s Day and the traditional month of weddings.
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.