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Fun ceremony readings

My fiance and I are talking about readings for our September ceremony. We both know we want something in the vain of a children's book - really simple, charming sentiments that tug at heart strings. I know lots of people use the Velveteen Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh a lot. We're aiming to not repeat that. We've had friends use them recently. Any suggestions?

Re: Fun ceremony readings

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    I was a reader at my friend's wedding and my passage was from the Velveteen Rabbit ... the part about what makes you 'real'.  It was sooo beautiful!

    What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn*t how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It*s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don*t mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn*t happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That*s why it doesn*t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don*t matter at all, because once you are Real you can*t be ugly, except to people who don*t understand." ....."once you are Real you can*t become unreal again. It lasts for always."

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    I don't know any specific lines, but "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss is a great book.  I know it's a common gift for graduations and other big life moments.  So there might be something applicable for a wedding.
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    We are using "A Lovely Love Story" by Edward Monkton. It's already quite "us" though we might trade out "shopping" and "things" for things that our guests will recognize immediately as some of our traits :-)

    "The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice. Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

    Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur. The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

    I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny. He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

    I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur. She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice. She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

    But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. He is also overly fond of things. Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

    But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur. She is also uncommonly keen on shopping. Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

    I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur. For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

    I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur. For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides, I am not unkeen on shopping either.

    Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old. Look at them. Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

    And that, my friends, is how it is with love. Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together. For the sun is warm. And the world is a beautiful place."

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    I also love this, though we may print it in our program and not use it as a reading:

    I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
    Till China and Africa meet,
    And the river jumps over the mountain
    And the salmon sing in the street.

    I'll love you till the ocean
    Is folded and hung up to dry
    And the seven stars go squawking
    Like geese about the sky.
    - - - - W. H. Auden "As I Walked Out One Evening"

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