“Katie, please tell him that I’m really sorry we won’t be able to make it to the wedding. Angie’s band competition is so important to her. We promised her we would go to that. We just can’t be in two places at the same time.”
Katie gritted her teeth and fought back tears. This was the fifth decline this week from people on Kevin’s side.
“Y-yes, I’ll tell him. Thanks for letting us know,” she choked out.
She hung up the phone and turned to her computer. She typed in a “no” in the space next to Kevin’s father and stepmother’s names, and then closed her laptop. So far, the count was five no’s and zero yes’s. She sighed. Their wedding obviously was not very important to anyone else.
Her own parents refused to come because they didn’t believe Kevin was right for her. The list of his faults was a mile long, and her mother made a point of going through it every time they talked on the phone. Each time, there was something her mother hadn’t thought of before.
Katie stretched out on the bed and closed her eyes. A few minutes later, her cell phone rang. She hesitantly glanced at the caller id. It was Kevin. She flipped open the phone and pressed the “send” button.
“Good morning, Sunshine. How’s your day off?”
Katie fought back tears. “Terrible!”
“I have some bad news. I don’t know why I’ve been the one appointed to tell you this, but it looks like that’s the way it’s going to be.”
“Um, okay. What is it?”
“Your father and stepmother are not coming to the wedding. Your half-sister has a band competition that day, and they’ve decided they’d rather go to that.”
Kevin was silent for several moments.
“Kevin? Are you there?”
“Yeah, baby. I’m here.”
“No one’s going to come to the wedding, Kevin! They don’t care about us! They’re all too wrapped up in themselves!”
“I know, Katie. Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay. Trust me.”
“Trust you? Kevin, didn’t you hear what I just said? Your own father doesn’t love you enough to come to your wedding!”
She regretted the words as soon as they escaped her lips. It was a cruel and insensitive thing to say. She waited for Kevin to respond. Finally, she heard his deep intake of breath.
“I can’t really talk about this right now, honey. Things are crazy here. I’ll come over to your place as soon as I get off work, okay?”
Katie sobbed. “Okay.”
“Katie? I love you. Remember that.”
Katie tried to manage a smile, even though she knew he couldn’t see her. “I know. I love you, too – more than just about anything.”
She heard the smile in his voice. “Okay, then. You try to have a good rest of the day, and I’ll see you later.”
The doorbell rang, and Katie was jostled her out of her somnolent state on the couch. She put down the novel and ran to the door.
Kevin was holding a bunch of white roses. Katie took them out of his hands and leaned over to kiss him.
“I missed you today! Are you okay?” she asked.
He smiled at her. “Of course I’m okay. Why wouldn’t I be?”
“Well, I thought the news about your dad would have you bummed. I know I was upset.”
“Yes, you were. But I’m not going to let it bother me, and do you know why?”
Katie shook her head. Kevin walked over to the coffee table Bible and picked it up.
He flipped it open and read, “Genesis 2:24*: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Katie gaped at him, not really comprehending his point. “So?”
“So, our wedding is about us creating our own family. It’s about us living and loving each other God’s way. It doesn’t have anything to do with anyone else. As long as the two of us, two witnesses, and the minister are there, that’s all that matters, right? There’s no reason to be sad.”
Katie smiled and hugged him. “You’re so right! That’s all we need! I’ve been so foolish about all this. Can you ever forgive me?”
“Of course I can. I love you, sweetheart.”
“I love you, too, Kevin, and I can’t wait to become your wife!”
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