About the Author
Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Hometown:Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:Fort Worth, Texas
Education:B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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The Best One
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
gentle voices call him father!Lydia M. Child
When I was a little girl, my father had a time-honored tradition of tucking me into bed. Following my bedtime story, he would give me a nose kiss, tickle my stomach and whisper the most wonderful words into my ear. "Michelle,
of all the little girls in the whole wide world . . ." he would pause.
"How did your mommy and I get so lucky to get the best one?"
Before he had time to finish, I would say, "You got me!"
And then he would continue, "The best little girl in the whole wide world,
and we got you."
"You got me!" I would scream and clap.
"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." He would end with a bear hug and another kiss to my forehead.
Years passed and my father never missed a night, even when I thought he should have. After my basketball team was defeated, he came into my room.
"Michelle, of all the basketball players in the whole wide world," he paused.
"Yes, Daddy?" I stared at the floor.
"How did your mom and I get so lucky to get the best one?"
"Of course we did, Michelle. We have you."
"But, Dad . . ."
"Yes, you, Michelle, and we're so lucky," he cheered,
as he gave me a high five followed by a bear hug and a kiss to my forehead.
I thought becoming a teenager would end the ritual, but it didn't.
"Michelle, of all the teenagers in the whole wide world
. . ." he would pause.
"Dad, I'm too old for this," I would sigh.
"How did your mother and I get so lucky to get the best one?"
"C'mon, Dad," I grunted.
"We have you, Michelle, and we're so lucky." Then the embarrassing hug and kiss.
Following college, I became engaged. My father never missed a night to call or leave a message reminding me how special I was to him. I even wondered if he would continue calling after I got married, but he didn't. The daily calls I had taken for granted all my life ended the day he died from cancer,
only weeks before my wedding.
I deeply missed sharing the day with my father.
Standing behind the white church doors with my arm in my brother's,
I waited for the wedding march to begin. Before we began our descent down the aisle, my brother reached inside his pocket and handed me an ivory napkin embroidered with pink ribbon.
Inscribed were the words:
Of all the precious wives in the whole wide world, how did Mark get so lucky to marry the best one? He married you, Michelle, and he is so lucky! I am so proud of you, my little girl.
Without a doubt, it was the best wedding gift I received. One I would never forget. My father showered me with his gifts every day of his life. How did I get so lucky?
¬2003. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Maria Nickless,
Gina Romanello. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street,
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
Table of Contents
Foreword Beverly Clark xv
1 The Meaning of Marriage
Twenty-Six Years-An Unfolding Romance Kris Hamm Ross 2
My Love Is Like a Red, Red Marker Carrie St. Michel 6
A Second Chance Ariana Adams 8
Roses Not Required Rachel Wallace-Oberle 11
A Change of Heart Denise Jacoby 13
Dancing in the Aisles Amanda Krug 16
The Porsche Factor Mitali Perkins 19
Treasure Hunt Steve Manchester 25
The Last Quarter Ward Nickless 31
The Changing Tide Michelle Marullo 35
Until Death… Barbara Loftus Boswell 37
Storybook Proposal Matthew Cummings 40
Love Is in the Air Lynette Baker Helms 44
Hidden Treasures Michelle Isenhour 46
A Trail of Love Shad Purcell 48
Taking Care of Business Leigh P. Rogers 50
Popping the Question Elizabeth L Blair 53
A Friend, Indeed! Sylvia Suriano 56
Never Say Never Sally Kelly-Engeman 60
3 The Perfect Dress
She Did It Her Way Julie Firman 67
Priceless Nora E. Kessel 70
Given the Green Light Jeanne Hill 73
Holding It All Together Adele Noetzelman 76
Tagged for Delivery Pat Phillips 78
The Blessed Dress Sandy Williams Driver 81
Keepin' the Faith Greta Montgomery 84
4 The Big Day
A Snow Cloud's Silver Lining Annmarie B. Tait 89
Kiss and Tell Theresa Chan 93
A Bouquet to Remember Cindy L. Lassalle 96
Flower Princess Nicole Owens 99
What Could My Country Do for Me? Carlienne A Frisch 103
Dismally Late Jeanne Hill 106
My Love Is Like a Mountain Eileen Chase 108
At Ease Carol McAdoo Rehme 112
Should We or Shouldn't We? Raegan Holloway 113
He Completed Us Michelle Lawson 116
Coming Full Circle Denise N. Wheatley 119
Built on Love Miriam Hill 122
Raining Love Kelly Stevens-Hartley 127
5 Who Giveth?
A Tale of Two Fathers Kimberly Ripley 130
The Best One Michelle Marullo 133
The Unconditional Step Donald R Novakovich 136
Bedtime Fears Charlotte Lanham 139
Going Home Liza G. Maakestad 141
Angie's Wedding Day Judith Givens 144
The Music Played On Nancy B. Gibbs 149
This Is Our Dance Amanda Parise-Peterson 152
The Unlikely Best Man Jenn Dlugos 156
Given Away Renata Waldrop 159
6 For Better or for Worse
That's Entertainment! Maryellen Heller 165
Of Blue Jeans and Buttons Maria Nickless 169
House to Home Mike Zeballos 173
Princess Bride Veneta Leonard 177
Te Amo, Te Quiero, Carina Patrick Mendoza 181
In the End Barbara M. Johnson 183
A Second Chance at Remembering Becky Knutson Jeannie Kim 186
What Matters Most Shonna Milliken Humphrey 191
Old Love Turned Brand-New Vicki Frizzell Janet Matthews 194
Got Match? C. Capiz Greene 198
7 Treasured Moments
A Bridesmaid's View from the Altar Kathy Passero 202
At the Ritz Cathy L. Novakovich 206
Chain of Love Kathleen Happ 210
Through the Beholder's Eyes Keith A Wooden 214
Arm-in-Arm Michele Wallace Campanelli 218
Sisterly Love Ann Cooke 221
Heart of Friendship Michele Wallace Campanelli 223
Guest of Honor Cindy L. Lassalle 227
The Look Patty Swyden Sullivan 229
Stepping In Penny Perrone 232
Joan's Bouquet Julie Messbarger Charlotte Adelsperger 235
Pennies from Heaven Holly Jensen Hughes 238
Silverware and Sauces Carol Mell 241
Budding Hope Elaine G. Dumler 244
Grandpa's Gift Nicolle Woodward 248
Oh, What a Catch! Kaylen Pierce 252
The Ring of Love Ginger Boda 257
Kitchen Cache Lucy Akard Seay 261
A Tradition in the Waiting Lorraine Cheeka 263
Golden Slippers Charlotte Lanham 266
The Wedding Gift Carol Sturgulewski 269
Keeping the Tradition Dr. Denise Enete 271
Showered with Love Lisa Solomon 273
9 Welcome to the Family
Our First Meeting David R Wilkins 278
Ode to My Mother-in-Law V. J. Coulman 281
Final Approval Lad Moore 284
Just Like Hazel T. Suzanne Eller 288
All in the Family Marie S. Lyle 290
My Big, Fat Pig Wedding Debra Purdy Kong 294
What's So Funny? Peggy Purser Freeman 298
10 Timeless Wisdom
His 'n' Hers Gwen Rockwood 302
The First Freeze Paige M. Kolb 306
Dot-to-Dot Pamela Doerksen 309
Advice from the Groom's Dad Gary Lautens 311
Time for a Tune-Up Caroline Pignat 314
Someday My Prince Will-Bring Coffee Deborah Thomas 318
A Husband for June Cleaver Carla Riehl 320
Small Beds, Soft Hearts Norris Burkes 325
Until Death Do Us Part Kelly Gamble 327
The Trophy Daphne Dykeman 329
Love Everlasting Annette Paxman Bowen 331
Who Is Jack Canfield? 335
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 336
Who Is Maria Nickless? 337
Who Is Gina Romanello? 338
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book made me laugh and cry at the same time with it's true life stories of that most special day. A must read for anyone involved in a wedding from Bride to guest, Minister to coordinator. A great shower gift!
This book was incredible from start to finish. Pick up a box of kleenex before reading. Great wedding gift. A few of my favorite stories... The Changing Tide, The Music Played On, The Best One ... Wow! Powerful! It left me wanting more! Must Read!!!