There are plenty of things happening in the world right now that divide human beings.
Thankfully, there are moments of goodness that come along at just the right times that restore us, touch our hearts, and remind us that the world can still be a loving place.
This is one of those moments.
We’ve all heard of the wedding tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Alison Ferrell and her husband Matthew took this tradition to a whole new level and it will make you grin ear-to-ear, ugly cry … or possibly both.
Alison’s uncle, Bill Lee Eblen, is a Marine who served in World War II. He served in combat on Naha in Okinawa. Today, he is 92 years old. A recent bout of pneumonia and an extended stay in rehabilitation hasn’t slowed him down—at least not very much. Marines are tough, and once a Marine, always a Marine.
“When I got engaged, I knew I wanted to include my Uncle Bill, or as social media now calls him, ‘Uncle Blue,’ in a special way,” Alison tells Babble. “Coming from a close-knit family where I was taught to have respect and admiration for those in the armed services, this felt like a natural choice, to have Uncle Bill there in his dress blues.”
Alison asked her uncle to be her “something blue” when he was in the hospital with pneumonia last fall. He happily accepted and made it his personal goal to be present at the wedding during his rehabilitation process.
When a nurse asked him, “What’s your goal?” his answer from his hospital bed was, “To be her ‘something blue’ on her wedding day.”
And, his goal was realized.
This very handsome Marine in his dress blues was able to meet his goal. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as he was escorted down the aisle as part of his niece’s wedding. I’m not sure who has the bigger smile — Uncle Bill or the bride. We’ll call it a tie.
“It was such an honor to have him serve as my ‘something blue’ on my wedding day [for] a memory that will last a lifetime,” says Alison, who was married on May 13th.
Indeed. What a beautiful memory of a beautiful day. Also, I think I have something in my eye.
The motto of the United States Marine Corps is “Semper Fidelis,” which means always faithful. This story is all about faith, determination, and goodness. Sometimes, we just need a reminder that faith, determination, and goodness are still out there.