I have a friend and her name is Susie and this post is for her.
I remember two months before my wedding receiving a phone call from a good friend of mine, Kevin, who asked if he could bring his new girlfriend to my wedding. Seeing as Kevin was a good friend of mine, I happily accommodated his request as I put a plus one next to his name. What I didn’t realize, however, is how this plus one would change the rest of my life.
Kevin, unfortunately, on the day of my wedding fell victim to some God awful, bubonic plague like illness and was bed stricken and unable to attend my wedding and that meant that the mysterious plus one wouldn’t attend either.
A few months passed and finally I met the plus one. Her name was Susie and it was an instant click. I finally found a girl, a woman, a female that I actually enjoyed talking to and being around. These women are hard to find. Kevin laughed because he said he knew that she and I would click instantly and he was right. I remember being at the Savannah Memorial Day Hat tournament on Tybee Island with both of us, completely intoxicated, while I did mimicked the girl from Flashdance not only in my amazing moves, but in my ridiculous cut off 1980’s t-shirt.
She also gave me a book and told me to read it. She gave me her copy and said that I needed to read it because it was her favorite book and she was quite certain it would be mine. It was and it is my favorite book. For anyone who hasn’t read East of Eden by John Steinbeck, you must. It’s the most wonderfully written, beautiful books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It’s inspiring, moving, and it makes you think. You should read it.
What I didn’t realize when Kevin added that plus one was that months later I would be at their wedding giving an amazing toast and wishing them well. (For anyone who was at the wedding, or Kevin and Susie themselves, they know that it was an awesome toast.) What I didn’t realize is that I would fall super in love with Susie and think of her as a sister, as a best friend, and as someone I could go to for anything. She gave me strength when I really felt like I had none. She gave me courage when I needed it the most and she has given me support and honest, valuable advise when I’ve needed it the most. Susie knew well before anyone else what was going on in my life because she’s one of my closest friends and I’m seriously thinking that we were separated at birth. There are too many eery similarities between her and I.
What I’m excited about is that I have a friends for life. I have Kevin and Susie and I’ll always have them. . . what I cannot wait for is that little baby girl (not a fetus, Susie, start calling her little girl) to arrive in November. I’m stupid excited and because of how much I love them both and how much I already super love their little girl.
P.s. Susie held a gun at my head and made me post this post. She lives in Washington State, but that’s neither here nor there.