Every night, you tucked her in and whispered into her ear, “I love you to the moon and back.” The words were always met with a quiet smile, which told you that she’d heard you loud and clear.
You and your wife sit near the front pew in the church where the wedding plays out, the atmosphere tinged with a sunny glow streaming in through the stained glass windows. You beam with pride at the beautiful woman in the flowing white gown standing at the altar next to the man with whom she’s decided to share her life. As you listen to the two of them exchange vows, you hear the faint refrain of a vow that you said to her everyday: “I love you to the moon and back.”
The reception is full of life and energy. Everyone sharing in the joy of the two just married. After dinner the music changes. The DJ calls out your name and it’s time for the last dance with your daughter before you give her away for good. The speakers play King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight,” the perfect song for the memories the two of you have made. All of the dance practice you’ve put in pays off and you somehow reach the end of the song looking like Fred Astaire.
The song ends, but you know that the moment isn’t over. You give over the dance floor to the groom and his mother while walking your daughter away, arm in arm. As the next melody plays on, you give your daughter’s hand a light squeeze and look into her eyes.
“Do you remember Grandma’s old charm bracelet? The one you used to try to steal off her wrist when you were younger?” you ask, chuckling.
She puts her hand to her face. “My gosh! I remember that! I haven’t seen it in years.”
Without hesitation, you produce a small white box from your coat. “Well, Mom and I thought we should make a little addition to it before giving it to you.”
Her hand slowly moves away from her face to grab the box. Opening it gently, she sees her grandmother’s sterling silver bracelet with one charm prominently showing. She tears up slightly as she recognizes the message on the silver charm: “I love you to the moon and back.” The reverse side is engraved with the names of her and her husband along with the date commemorating their wedding.
Speechless, your daughter hugs you tightly. In that moment, you know that you’ve found the perfect way to tell your little girl that you’ll always be there for her in a way that she’ll treasure for years to come.
(If you share a moment like this, check out the I Love You To The Moon And Back Charm Tag #1535)