Lea Wait, here, reporting from warm and glorious midcoast Maine, and delighted to announce that yesterday my youngest daughter, Elizabeth Purnima Wait, and her (admittedly long-time) fiance, Herman Joseph McNeal, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were married at my home.
As many of you know, I adopted my four daughters when I was a single parent. They were all born in different Asian countries, and after they came home they attended school in New Jersey and visited Maine in the summertime. Over the years I’ve watched proudly as they all chose different futures, in different states, and became independent adults. Liz and Joe had been engaged since 2004, and were clearly in no hurry to rush their vows … but Joe lost both of his parents recently, and when they found out I was ill, they decided
they wanted me to see them marry.
The result? All four of my daughters were together yesterday for the first time in many years, we laughed, drank champagne, and Liz and Joe became Mr. and Mrs. It was a lovely day, full of memories, and hopes for a future I won’t be here to see, but that I firmly believe in.
In every end there are beginnings, and I was thrilled to have been a small part of this one.