Continuing a Tradition
Andrew & Eric Sherrill on Boston's Harborway, March 2013
Our grandson Andrew Sherrill and his wife Erin kept up a tradition when they came to visit us this month. Since their marriage at “Pumpkin Ridge Farm” in Nonesuch, Kentucky, in 2010, they’ve renewed their vows each year in a different state.
In 2011, they recited them on the dunes in Saugatuck, Michigan; in 2012 atop the enormous Vulcan statue in Birmingham, Alabama. This year they chose the Boston waterfront, beside the huge “Untitled Landscape” by David v on Schlegell.
The wording of the vows, drawn in part from poems read at the wedding, are the same each year:
For the rest of my life,
I promise to love you, learn from you, and support your essential role in this world
I promise to be tied to you as your companion for life
I promise to maintain my passion for you and our adventures
I promise to treat our marriage as a living tree that wants to grow and give
I promise to always remember how important you are.
I love you.
Two witnesses must be present to make it official.
Andrew and Erin live in DeKalb, Illinois, where Erin is taking a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Andrew’s getting a PHD in Clinical Psychology, both at Northern Illinois State University.