I don't actually think my husband knows why I insisted on this song. But I do.
Its something that I find tough to put into words, because I know I am going to be judged. It was my tribute to my Granddad. Specifically my Mom's Father. He was my favourite grandparent. I don't want to sound strange. I loved ALL my grandparents, and I miss them all terribly. But I miss my Oupa Arthur the most.
In my little family, I am the eldest Grandchild. And for some strange reason I bonded most strongly with my Mom's Dad. He showed me how to love, heal and treat a sick animal, how to plant and grow onions, potatoes, peppers, sunflowers, cucumbers, spinach and more. I have more photos with him than with any other Grandparent. He spoiled me Rotten. I was the first grand child after-all. I think I got my sense of humour from him. He "gate-crashed" my 21st speech to show people how you were supposed to eat a Taco and he toasted me with Tequila and asked for another (I had a mexican theme), even though he was not a big drinker and I loved him even more for it.
We had always joked that he would walk me down "The Isle" instead of my dad (who is still alive btw). That "joke" always stuck with me though. And when my dad called and told me that he had passed away suddenly, that was the first thing that crossed my mind before I lost my breath and my mind to grief.
In this song he walked me down the Isle, even though I was holding my Dad's arm, My Oupa was holding my heart.
My kids didn't get to meet him, but they know who he is and how special he was to me. My Grandparent's wedding picture hangs in my hall, along with my Dad's parent's wedding picture and mine. I hope that my marriage will last as well as theirs.
Ps: Happy Anniversary Dave T. You rock.