5 Years. 9/7/02, 7:30pm
Scott: ring bell & then start: "Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to so with them is up to you."
Welcome – Dave & then Cat welcome everyone, make sure everyone has stones.
Wine: Dave intro, Cat leads in Hebrew, Dave leads in English: "We give thanks for fruit of the vine". Cat & Dave share glass.
Rosa: "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but one of respect and joy in each other's life"
Ted: "You are led through your life by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them"
Kim: "Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth...."
Renewal of vows: Dave & then Cat reads
I renew my promise... to give you friendship, honesty, trust, support, openness, respect, equality, and a love that will challenge you to grow, constantly striving to be a better human being.
You are a wonderful parent, and I will continue to respect and support you as we grow as a family.
I promise to support and help nurture your relationships, knowing that their strength adds to and supports ours.
Dave & Cat sign vows
Stone ceremony: Jack
Breaking of glasses & Kiss
Shehechianu: Cat leads in Hebrew, Dave leads in English: ”We give thanks to all that has kept us, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this time.”
Dave: Ask people to sign witness to the vows.