Mia and Bob and the Handfasting Ceremony

Nestled in the rolling hills of North Haledon, NJ, the Leong residence serves as the perfect spot for an intimate wedding ceremony.  And so it was there that Mia Kaeton and Bob Leong tied the knot.  Or, more accurately, tied the knots – but there’s much more to that figure of speech than I had realized, stemming from the term “handfasting”.

As the back of Mia and Bob’s wedding program explains, handfasting is an ancient custom, common in Iceland and Scotland, in which a man and woman came together at the start of their marriage relationship.  Their hands, or more accurately their wrists, were literally tied together.  This practice gave way to the expression “tying the knot” which has come to mean getting married.

Mia was resplendent in her self-styled gown as she walked down the aisle, which came as no surprise to those of us who see her shine with patients in our office.  The setting was sundown, and as Mia made her way through the aisle of the intimate gathering, birds twittered the news in their natural habitat.

I learned alot about Mia and Bob yesterday.  I saw them anew through their tying of the knots, and gained further respect for glimpses of universal spirituality.  I got to know a staff member in my office a bit better, and share in a very special moment in her life.  Bob will mean much more to me now than someone who picks Mia up for lunch like clockwork on Wednesdays at one o’clock.  We have been working on building a very special culture in our office, one that helps people shine on the inside as well as on the outside.  While we do that through the visual sense, that is only our specific vehicle.  There are many others, and we continue to discover them, in some cases anew.  I have given Mia additional tools to help patients envision their success, and she has given me further insights on how to see the world. Happy Honeymoon, Mia & Bob!

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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