My older sister got married when I was 17. I had been to several weddings by then, but only as a guest. This time, I was in the wedding party and I was looking forward to getting to ride in a limo. Turns out that my soon-to-be brother-in-law was restoring a vintage Ford Thunderbird and it was decided that once it was completed, that would be their 'limo' for the day. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed.
Yet once her wedding day came and I saw my sister and my Dad in that gorgeous vehicle, I realized there was no need for a limo. That restored T-bird was perfect. In my mind’s eye I can still see a picture from that day, my sister and my Dad smiling broadly. I can remember clearly that I told my Dad that I didn’t want a limo for my wedding either – I wanted that same car. I didn’t realize at the time that my need and want was not for a limo or even for this restored car, but for that special time with my Dad. I was jealous of my sister that day.
Turns out I got my wish, sort of. I did get to ride in a limo less than a year later - when we went to the funeral for my Dad.
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