Make a wish, an intention for the ones we are here for and close your eyes, really take this wish into your mind, your thoughts, your imagination. Wish them well, wish them love, wish for them your hopes and dreams and as the fire propels the lantern towards the stars, do it. Do it now, wish that wish and release the lantern, let it carry with the wind. Let it carry higher and further than we can see.
I saw her close her eyes and as her lashes touched her cheek the upward tilt of the corners of her mouth gave way to a grin, a smile, a hope, a wish, a laugh. I heard her laugh, although it was more of a chuckle. The kind of chuckle elicited from excitement and wonder and as she took her hand and gently guided the lantern, coaxing it upwards, he turned and his head lifted towards the sky as they followed the travels of their wish as their lantern joined others that raced towards fulfillment up and away, far, far away.
“It is believed that the longer and higher the lanterns float, the more likely the deities will receive your requests. The sky lantern ceremony has come to represent the releasing of one’s deepest fears and desires. It is a symbolic cleansing, a letting go of everything that troubles you. It also the beginning of a new, enlightened you, with the light illuminating the path of knowledge and righteousness.”
I watched each of these lanterns that were released, each and every one of these wish lanterns, as they at first floated then seemed to race each other quickly disappearing into the star filled sky above the beautiful Caribbean Sea. I took this moment in. I knew it when I saw it. I knew that for me, this was THE MOMENT! The moment that the universe comes into perfect clarity. The moment that every single person that you can see – they are all filled with the same exact thoughts, thoughts filled with hope and love and well wishes. So many moments on this trip have given me the warm fuzzies. This trip, this family, these friends, the way that Mel and Dwayne make you feel like a lifelong friend… They have overwhelmed me with their outpouring of love and I’m a woman on the edge! My heart can’t take much more of this. They have opened their hearts and their trust so many times and I am for a change, speechless.
Carmela and Dwayne were married 10 years ago and today they renew their vows and celebrate amongst their friends and family. Their children play a huge role in this celebration and from the first moment I meet them I can see so much of the positive interaction, love, attention and parenting that they shower on little Dwayne and Dinae. There is so much I want to write but I will save it for when I post the highlight film. I think that having audio and motion will do better justice to certain memories that tugged so severely at my heartstrings.
It’s all about the “we”. They are the We. They are a team. A super awesome Family… I have one single wish for you both and your family. It is my wish that you always follow your hearts. It has brought you here to these moments. You were always meant to be together. Every path you have taken, every choice you have made has lead you to each other and to this day.
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