Tale Weaver – #284 – Blessing – July 16th – The Blessing of Marriage




 At the time, it was all about love, so he told myself. Asking my future father-in-law for his daughters hand in marriage was a daunting prospect, and I was surprised when I received his blessing so easily.
“You are a good boy,” he said, “I am happy for my Maria to be marrying such a sweet boy. But I warn you marriage is no easy endeavour.
Maria is a headstrong girl, she loves to talk back to her dadda, she has opinions on every subject, and I know she thinks a lot of you. Marriage might be just the thing she needs. Good luck and I look forward to little grandchildren in the next year. I like the thought of me being a grandfather, lots of little ones gathering at my feet, Maria would hate it, and so I encourage you to have as many as you can.
Motherhood she might relate to, then again you’ll have your work cut out managing most things she wants to do.
Headstrong is the word my boy, headstrong, don’t forget it.”
 
Looking back, with the wisdom of hindsight, I can now see why he was so keen to off-load his daughter onto the first idiot who came along believing he was in love with her.
So the wedding took place, it was a huge splash for my father-in-law. He invited all his friends and all the people he wanted to impress beyond his circle of friendship.
He literally pushed us out the door of the reception, had made sure my car was full of petrol and pointed in the right direction, heading well away from him.
When our first child arrived, he was enthusiastic blessing the child, a girl, into the family.
At church on Sunday, he showed her off, espousing the virile nature of his son-in-law and his obvious family fertility as in his daughter.
All in all six children were produced, and one day he took me aside to bestow upon me a family blessing, we had made an old man very happy he had said.
Maria, who had grown rounder with each child, was the apple of his eye. She had grown into a mother beyond all his expectations. Around her children she was as like a clucking chook, gathering them close and watching over them. They were her children, and she was determined to keep them that way, which is where the issues started.
The eldest turned forty last week, and she called her up and made the unfortunate mistake of telling her what she should be doing with her life. Our eldest, Maggie, was more like her mother than her mother. She too was opinionated and direct and told her mother to mind her own business and let her live her life.
Maria immediately rolled into my study and let it be known it was all my fault, I should have been a better father, better lover and a better provider, in fact, everything about me could and should be improved.
It was then I realised how wise my father-in-law had been all those years before in giving his blessing to our marriage, as right there and then I wasn’t feeling blessed at all.
 
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9 Responses to Tale Weaver – #284 – Blessing – July 16th – The Blessing of Marriage

  1. Oops. Like mother, like daughter. 😂😉
    Good one, Michael

  2. Sadje says:

    Wise man, that father.

  3. Yes indeed, beware the underlying reason for a blessing. I too bless my son-in-law!

  4. Lyn says:

    And there was a “no return” clause hidden in the father’s blessing 😀
    Both my sons-in-law are worth their weight in gold.

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