Last Wednesday, my best friend asked me if I would stay with her the night before her wedding.
(She didn't have to ask, of course, but she's very well-mannered.)
Sleepovers are our thing. After all, we've each lived in one another's home at one point in time. The number of nights we stayed up late, giggling in bed is one I cannot count.
So in a way, this is kind of a Last Supper for us... the very last night we're both still single ladies.
I have to pat myself on the back for how well I've held it together through all this. Okay, I cried a bit at the engagement party, but other than that, I've really kept the boo hoos at bay. I'm a pretty emotional person and The Best Friend Getting Married... that's a pretty big deal. I answered quickly - YES OF COURSE I will stay with you the night before your wedding - and promptly went to go do something else because I knew if I dwelled on it, I'd lose it.
And I didn't... until that night at spin class. I sobbed through the entire last song. Thank God it's dark in there. I cried tears I've been holding in for a very, very long time. My best friend is getting married. It kinda seems like just yesterday she was the yappy yellow-haired girl in the back of the Chapter Room who always had her hand in the air, always had something to say. If you'd told me back then that we'd become best friends and I would one day be her maid of honor I surely would have rolled my eyes and said, "That blonde? No way."
Sometimes life surprises you in the best of ways.
And so we will have our Last Supper. We will watch Sex and the City reruns and split a pack of Peanut M&Ms. We will laugh about days that have gone and dream of ones to come. We will lie in bed and giggle until the wee hours of the morning. And probably cry a little bit too.
AEG really is like part of the family, and appropriately so she has made sure each one of us is involved in her big day, which means more to us than she'll ever know. My mom will host the bridal shower, Lil' P will be a greeter at the church, my dad will make a speech at the rehearsal dinner and yours truly, of course, will make the MOH speech at the reception. I've been mentally composing it in my head for years but I know that getting it down on paper won't be easy.
We have raised our glasses to one another many times over the course of our friendship, but I do believe this will be my favorite toast yet.
P.S. One of these photos was taken the night AEG met her fiancé. Can you guess which?!