I made a monogram welcome mat the other day….
…..and I cried.
I couldn’t help it.
I was printing and taping and cutting out letters….
…..and watching the first episode of the new season of Duck Dynasty.
Please tell me you watched it.
Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Phil and Miss Kay.
I cried when she walked up and held his hand.
I cried when she looked at him with a pert little smile and told him she would love him forever.
And as….he stood there…so tall and bearded and stoic….and told her he loved her right back….I cried and cried and cried.
Tears rolled down my face as I watched.
There wasn’t a 24 piece marching band or yards of tulle or a red carpet or doves flying into the air….or all the things that romantic weddings are made of.
Just a river bank and family and friends and two dogs walking the bride down the aisle.
Just two ordinary, simple, every day people who have cooked and made duck calls and lived and loved each other for half a century.
Just a couple standing strong and firm in that love and the promise of tomorrow.
Monogram Welcome Mat
Ikea Mat for $1.97
Black Spray Paint
Step 1: Print out letters on computer
I printed out the letters in Baskerville Old Style.
The W was printed out at 650 and the D and the K were printed out at 450.
Sit down in front of the first episode of the new season of Duck Dynasty.
Cut out the letters leaving an outline.
Laugh when Si drinks from his tea cup at the wedding.
Put one row of tape around the edge.
Put another row of tape about an inch or two inside.
Start crying when Miss Kay gets out of the car and starts to walk down the aisle with her two dogs and the ukele strums and the only unbearded son who is the preacher starts talking about their lives together.
Try to guesstimate the correct tape spacing through the tears.
Place the letters in the center of the mat and completely tape off with painter’s tape so that only the parts that should be spray painted remain.
It took me a while.
I kept stopping to watch the romance unfold.
Step 4: Spray paint the mat
Tip number one: wait until your tears are dry you can see clearly.
Tip number two: do not spray paint at an angle…spray paint directly so that it doesn’t spray under the outline of the letters.
Tip number three: don’t over spray in one area.
Step 5: Peel off tape and let dry
And as I wiped my tears away and Jace tried to go fishing in the middle of the wedding….and I took the my new monogram welcome mat over to the back porch of the gatehouse….two thoughts kept turning over and over in my mind….
….I am in love with love….
…..and I totally think my husband would look really cute with a beard.