For many Gen X women, the iconic images of Lady Diana and Prince Charles on their 1981 wedding day remind us of our first dreams of Happily Ever After. The pursuit, of course, is a great deal more complicated. Life seldom lives up to the romantic ideals… but occasionally, it does.
The nuptials of First Daughter Jenna Welch Bush to Henry Chase Hager last weekend were private, surrounded by family and intimate friends. The guest list was not revealed. No press attended the service. Protocols and traditions were upheld. No glimpse of the dress, a stunning Oscar de la Renta gown before th groom laid his eyes upon her in front of the Texas limestone cross and altar at the service. An engagement ring passed down generation-to-generation from the Groom’s great-grandmother. The ladies in the house party wore Lela Rose dresses designed for the occasion, in colors reminiscent of Texas wildflowers in bloom this time of year.
The young couple are the children of iconic American families. And their love story is one sure to inspire young girls anew that somewhere, a prince is learning how to be the good man they imagine themselves with someday.
Occasionally, electoral machinations and politics-at-large are not the center of the universe.
Telling our young girls and boys to live right. Watching as they become young men and women who live up to our expectations, is a universal goal of most mothers and fathers. Such an occasion gives us the opportunity of introducing our children to a young woman who is a teacher, and whose life was transformed by an internship with UNICEF resonates – especially those who believe in public service. A young man, striving to success, achieving, and obtaining a Masters degree from UVA’s prestigious Darden School is to be admired. He will be a stable, financially secure husband and provider – is a wonderful example.
This dignified romance transcended “relationship” status and became something more lovely. In our cynical world, it is worth noting. We may not all have the same dreams, or definitions of success – or even public service. But we are all Americans. And sometimes… we should stop what we are doing and smell the Texas wildflowers, the roses, the Confederate jasmine, the sweet peas… and just be thankful we live in a place where the dreams of our children are still possible.