Grandma, 95, Serves As Flower Girl In Granddaughter's Wedding: 'It Was The Biggest Thrill I've Ever Had'

September 9, 2014

It didn't take Laura VanPelt long to decide who might serve as flower girl in her wedding of last weekend. She chose her grandmother, who turns 95 in November.

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It was last Christmas when Laura informed her grandmother that she'd decided on a flower girl, and wondered if she'd kindly oblige.

"When she asked me, I just laughed," Helen recalled. "I thought she was kidding, of course. But then she said 'No, grandma, I'm not. I want you to be my flower girl."

And Helen Catherine Kavanagh just melted.

Though Helen's role took but a half hour, she brought a long lifetime of memories to the outdoor altar, reflected in a rich tapestry that now includes 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one on the way.

It was a moment she considers "the biggest thrill I've ever had."

And perhaps it is a lesson for us all. After all, who's likely to better embrace what it means to toss flowers along an aisle – a bewildered tot of 3, or a loving woman who clasped her hands in awe when you came into the world, whose entire life's garden has always been for you?

Via MLive

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