Daughter walking down the aisle

Well, the music played and my daughter walked down the aisle of a church Saturday in a beautiful dress holding flowers.

No, I wasn’t the father of the bride, though sometimes I feel old enough to be.

At a wedding this past weekend I was the father of the flower girl, and it was a great experience.

As our daughter approached her time to walk down the aisle with the ring bearer, she sported a huge smile on her face. I think the last time I saw a smile that big in public was when she sang in her Christmas program at school.

The 5-year-old had been looking forward to this day for months. When she was first told by the bride that she was selected to be a flower girl she pushed over one of our couches in excitement.

Well, that special day for a couple of our friends had finally arrived and it was one to remember.

I also had a challenge to keep her 2-year-old brother from seeing his mother as a bridesmaid because that mama’s boy would have not made it through the ceremony if that occurred. Well, I was in luck as a horn blew as my wife walked down the aisle and it distracted the little man.

It took a package of graham crackers, some fruit snacks, pretzels and a lollipop to get him through the ceremony, but it worked. He did see his mom as she walked out of the church then erupted to get her attention. It was OK with me as the ceremony was over and we made it through.

Overall the day was a success and daddy even got to have fun by singing some Karaoke at the reception. I never miss a chance to transform myself into Billy Joel or make a fool out of myself – depending on how you look at it. My vocal cords are still paying for that decision days later.

Now, the challenge moving forward is to bring our flower girl her down from the clouds after the weekend. With so many people telling her how cute she is, it’s hard for her not to believe she is still a princess.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com