“Is This The Little Girl I Carried?”

10 08 2013

Em and Josh 2Today is a day of gifting.  Today my wife and I gift a young man with the woman of his dreams.  Today I give my little girl away to this gentleman.  It is the dream of every parent.  Today we let go, in a very real way, of our youngest daughter.  Emily and Joshua begin their own family in about six hours.

She is our youngest daughter.  We have been blessed with two beautiful and intelligent girls who’ve grown up to be amazing young women.  Anna will be at her sister’s side as she takes her vows and is wed.

Where did the time go?  It seems like yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital.  We’ve watched her grow and develop her talents, personality, and unique charm.  The years have passed more quickly than we’d have imagined they would when we first brought her into the world.  Fathers, remember that as you dandle your daughters on your knees.

The weather is beautiful and the preparations have been made.  The groom is anxious to begin his family and journey with his soul mate.  And so are we.  We could not possibly ask for a finer son-in-law.  We can’t wait.

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Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don’t remember growing older
When – did – they?

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn’t it yesterday when they – were – small?

Sunrise, sunset, Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze
Sunrise, sunset, Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears

What words of wisdom can I give them?
How can I help to ease their way?
Now they must learn from one another
Day – by – day

They look so natural together
Just like two newlyweds should be
Is there a canopy in store – for – me?

Sunrise, sunset, Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness – and – tears…

Words and music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick

Congratulations Em and Josh–the best is yet to come!

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4 responses

10 08 2013
Kim

Ahhhh, beautiful Chris. Such a special day – we send our love! The Gilhuly Family!!

11 08 2013
Christian Fahey

Thanks Kim! Love you guys too–the day was beautiful!

10 08 2013
David Kanigan

Wonderful post Christian. I was moved.

11 08 2013
Christian Fahey

Thank you David. I know you understand this!

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