A Kiss

The KissThis summer, I was blessed with the experience of attending a Quaker wedding in Rhode Island. The ceremony was held at the end of a pier on the shore. As is traditional with Quaker weddings, the various parts of the ceremony emerged unintroduced from extended moments of silence. I liked that element very much. I found it to be a genuine reflection of how many things in life happen without introduction, unexpectedly emerging out of our personal periods of silence, meditation and reflection. After the ceremony, the guests wandered along the pier and I noticed this couple take a seat at the edge. I watched them as they sat looking out at the view without saying a word to each other. Then suddenly out of the silence, the woman leaned over to offer a kiss.

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