Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on her wedding day – source
The Mathematics Of Marriage
As we wed in a beautiful evening candlelight service over 40 years ago, my mother, in the front row on the left side of the church, wiped away a flood of tears. But did I, the bride? No, I was beaming. What was I thinking in that moment of becoming ‘one’ with a man I had known for such a short time? Did I have the smallest inkling of what will be required of me as a wife? Did the thought of sacrifice ever cross my mind?
And did my groom who was tingling with anticipation as he watched me come down the aisle have an understanding of God’s reasons for ordaining marriage? Did the reading, “For the procreation of children, for a remedy against sin, and for the mutual society, help, and comfort that the one ought to have for the other, both in prosperity and adversity – into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined,” mean anything to either of us?