“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails …” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I was humbled and grateful to witness a extraordinary amount of love this Memorial Day weekend, and it happened on the dance floor of all places.
My cousin married his soulmate in a beautiful, intimate ceremony surrounded by close family and friends. The bride looked absolutely stunning in her long-trained wedding dress, and the groom looked dashingly handsome in his suit topped with a pink rose on his lapel. The ceremony was immediately followed by cocktail hour and reception. However, the evening got underway when the guests got on the dance floor and shook their hips from old Italian tunes to the 80s greatest hits. Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson definitely rocked the house!
The dance floor wasn’t necessarily as big as the smiles on the faces of guests who danced on it, but it didn’t matter. To me, it was a picture perfect dance floor because everyone was having a wonderful time smiling, screaming, and sweating. The love that the newlyweds had for one another throughout the night clearly infected the entire room as generations of couples celebrated with them on the dance floor.
But love can continue to be expressive even when one’s soulmate has entered eternal life. My uncle/godfather honored his love for his late wife by giving his new daughter-in-law a symbolic wedding present: a bracelet that was once belonged to her. It was a deeply touching sentiment that brought everyone to tears. It was at that very moment that I had an epiphany.
We live in a world where certain people are still trying to tell us what to do and what love and marriage should represent. There are all these hypocrisies and arguments that can make your head spin. Or in my case, topple over! No matter how diversified love can be, love is beautifully universal no matter who you are: gay or straight, short or tall, black or white, etc. We can’t be the judge and jury. Society is constantly changing, and just like the new technologies and gadgets that has people stirring for possession, we should all embrace love in all forms.
If you still don’t understand me, I’d suggest the next time you’re at a wedding or a restaurant or club, take a look at the people on the dance floor. Step inside. It is a limited space, but it can fill you up unlimited expectations, happiness, and peace! Enjoy the moment.
And if you can feel it, then I raise my glass to you and say “Salute!”