Shawn L. Bird

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poem- wedding trauma July 20, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:40 am
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The four year old leukemia patient

asked her nurse to marry her, and he said yes.

Then the whole floor got together to make a wedding:

flowers, brides maids, walk down the aisle on rose petals.

Ring pops were exchanged.

“This is the best day of my life!” the child bride exclaimed.

Youtube wedding video shared. Oh how cute! proclaims the internet.


I remember being four years old,

adoring the oldest son of our family friend.

His sisters all thought my devotion was adorable.

“I’ll wait for you,” he said with a kind smile.

And I believed him.

Then when I was nine, a wedding invitation came.

“You can’t have thought he was serious!” my mother snickered

at my distress.

I was rude to the bride, and no one understood why.

But I had learned that grown-ups lie and when your childish heart is crushed

they think it’s cute and kind of funny.

I remember, it was neither

for me.





Adults need to remember that children’s feelings are REAL, and that what’s ‘pretend’ is not always clear. When adults enter into imaginary play with such enthusiasm, they must do so with great care.  I confess, I’ve never quite forgiven that older brother (now 67!!) for crushing my childish heart’s expectation. While I definitely appreciate the intentions of all involved in this quote wedding unquote, I do hope Abby is not as crushed as I was to learn the truth.

Side story: the rudeness was that I told the bride her bridal hat was horrible and no one should wear hats at their wedding.  When it came time for my own wedding, I tried on a gorgeous bridal hat that looked fantastic on me.  Always sensible to hypocrisy, I chose not to get it.  (Looking at wedding photos from my era, I suspect that was probably for the best).

Article about the hospital wedding here.


15 Responses to “poem- wedding trauma”

  1. Melody J Haislip Says:

    Children are not pets or toys. They are small human beings with all the same emotional potential for love and hurt as adults. However, my dear, it’s time to forgive your friend. The cut-off date for holding grudges is 50 years. 🙂

  2. jburns58 Says:

    It is hard sometimes at that age, but your mother knew you were going to meet someone fabulous, and live happily ever after.

  3. Maureen Says:

    I agree with you Shawn

  4. sabinafelice Says:

    ‘Adults need to remember that children’s feelings are real’. Amen!

  5. uriahheep111 Says:

    Here I’m thinking the child will pass away, but she lives, only to learn she can’t be with him!

  6. tskraghu Says:

    Liked it,thanks.

  7. I was in my 50’s, when a 4-year-old asked if we could have a wedding. I said, “Of course”. The crush lasted ten minutes, but her feelings were validated.

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