In a first installment, Rosenberg details the excitement and anxiety of getting the flower girl-to-be ready for the big day.
Practice, practice, practice! Six weeks to go and my four-year-old daughter, Rachel, is almost ready to walk down the aisle at my brother’s wedding. We have been practicing in our living room -- walk, throw the flowers, smile and then find “Bubby” in the crowd and sit next to her. Mommy and daddy will be walking down the aisle after you, so look for Bubby and sit! Ahhh -- will she do it right or wind up crying for me halfway down the aisle? I hope it’s not the latter, as I want to show off my daughter to all of my family watching. She is a star -- look how beautiful, poised and mature she is. What a great parent I am! The proof is right here; she will be a successful, happy, well-adjusted adult if only she can be the perfect flower girl.
When my brother got engaged last year and they asked Rachel to be the flower girl, I was excited and so was she. But, as I thought more and more about it, I wondered if she would be one of those kids who gets scared and won’t make it through. Oh, how I don’t want her to be one of those kids at the wedding. Okay, I guess we need to practice more tomorrow, but this time I might ask our neighbors to come over and pretend to be in the audience so she can work on it with a crowd.
Five weeks left and I finally bought Rachel her dress. The boutiques wanted to sell me one months ago when I got my bridesmaid dress, but she grows so fast so I didn’t want to be stuck with a dress that didn’t fit or didn’t look quite right as she got taller and more mature. Rachel loves this one; she thinks she is a princess in it -- twirling all over the place in it. She is so cute. I hope everyone appreciates how cute and sweet she is during the ceremony. I think I want to do her hair in a braid and wear it half-up, half down, but she wants to wear it all down, like the Little Mermaid. I am trying to figure out a way to talk her into doing it the way I want to. Maybe I will Google pictures of the Little Mermaid with her hair up so I could show it to her tomorrow and convince her to wear it up. Changing the mind of a four-year-old is a lot tougher than you think. We shall see…