The Bug did his reading beautifully!

Not a misappropriated word or witty anecdote this week, simply a reiteration of wedding readings my brother and I made at M&D’s vow renewals. Some cute, some funny, all endearing, and for some reason made my Mum cry. Can’t think why, I did my bit perfectly!

GG’s reading, from A Lovely Love Story, by Edward Monkton:

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur. The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts. I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur. But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. He is also overly fond of things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them. At this point I gestured to my parents. It worked, and I got a good laugh out of the congregation. Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place.

Cue massive applause. Well ok, there were only 20 or so people there so it may have been more of a ripple, but I’m building up to my ovation gently.

Then came the Bug, who brought the house down with 4 lines:

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it.
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

I swear I saw the vicar giggling…

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It really is worth a look at Edward Monkton’s book – it’s a delightful story about love for young children, with cute illustrations that children will love.

The picture of the Bug saying his reading was taken by Stephanie Belton. We are lucky enough to have more of these lovely photos, which we will be sharing with you soon. 

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