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Submitted by Susan Granville Jenkins (Hagerstown Maryland)

Giving respect to my son's Step-Mom at his wedding.

There was a special moment that occurred at my son’s wedding.

The Mother-Son dance was going well; some of us, including my son and his fiancée had taken a few dance lessons to prepare for the wedding. After dancing with him for a few minutes, and reveling in my glory, I suddenly got the inspiration to suggest to him that he ask his step-mother to dance. She had been married to his father for over 20 years, and while we were never friendly, she was decent to my son.

She had had only one child, a son close to the age of my boys, and he had been killed in an auto accident in his mid-twenties, just after becoming engaged. She would never have a Mother-Son dance of her own.

While my son would have never asked me to surrender that special dance, he kissed me, thanked me, and, with tears in his eyes, went to ask his step-mother to dance. This was my son, and my rightful Mother-Son dance, but it is a moment where I took the high road and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked back on that moment and smiled. It felt right, and was right, and she cried through much of that dance with ‘our’ son. I had so much for which to be thankful, and to share a few minutes of that made a huge positive memory in another woman’s life.