Do you remember the movie or play Fiddler on the Roof? If you do, perhaps you fondly remember the song Sunrise, Sunset. Do you remember the villagers walking along singing, the screen filled with candles? The song is sung By the parents (Tevye and Golda) as the family and village are gathering for their oldest daughter Tzeitel’s wedding. They are remembering how quickly their beloved daughter and her fiance have grown up.
Don’t you have times in your life, you know, watershed moments, mountaintop moments where time seems to stand still? And in that “time stands still” moment you see a lifetime in slow motion? Those moments can be just achingly beautiful.
This article will post as I am flying back to Ohio for my nephew Adam’s wedding. He and Amber have known each other for a long time now. She has been part of the family for a long time. Their wedding will make all of that official of course. It seems like just a few years ago that Adam was a little boy, playing in my yard or at the pool with my son. Back then, Adam’s love for adventure and gummy bears knew no bounds. Back then and now, Adam knew how to get exactly what he wanted. His bride-to-be is steady, lovely, and truly believes in him. They will have a lifetime to grow together as they face all that life has in store for them.
As Adam and Amber exchange their vows in a couple of days I will be there to see it unfold. What an adventure marriage can be for them. They promise to stay together in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, in good times and in bad. It is a huge promise. My prayers will join with those of the rest of their loved ones. May their lives be blessed and may the grace of steadfastness be a constant in their lives.
Lyrics from Sunrise Sunset
Tevye: “Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play
Golda “I don’t remember growing older, when did they?”
Tevye: “When did she get to be a beauty, when did he grow to be so tall
Golda: “Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small”?
Men: “Sunrise, sunset; sunrise, sunset. Swiftly flow the days. Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers. Blossoming even as we gaze.”
Women: “Sunrise, sunset; Sunrise, sunset. Swiftly fly the years. One season following another. Laden with happiness and tears
Tevye: “What words of wisdom can I give them? How can I help to ease their way
Golda: “Now they must learn from one another. Day by day
Perchik: “They look so natural together
Hodel: “Just like two newleyweds should be
Perchik & Hodel: “Is there a canopy in store for me?”
All: “Sunrise, sunset; sunrise, sunset. Swiftly fly the years. One season following another; Laden with happiness and tears.