This weekend, one of my best friends got married, and I got to be a part of it - and a part of something even bigger.
Eric and I have known each other for half our lives, and though we don't often see each other, we're never more than a phone call, an email or a letter (written in multi-coloured pens) away.
I was so honored to be invited to his wedding to Megan, and better yet, to be asked to be a part of the ceremony - I couldn't have been more proud.
The wedding was flawless, the bride was beautiful, and the groom was the happiest I've seen.
But there was something even bigger for me...
I live in a small town where I don't have any family.
My immediately family is hours away.
The rest of them are at a minimum a plane ride across an ocean, at least 9 hours away.
This weekend, I was surrounded by the warmth of joviality, embraced by two families, and a part of a celebration of all that is good in the world.
Food, hugs, dancing, love, beauty, music and laughter.
I met wonderful people, I hugged new friends, for a weekend I became part of a family.
Thank you, Megan and Eric, for making me a part of your family.
My best wishes and congratulations for a long and happy life filled with food, hugs, dancing, love, beauty, music and laughter - but free of astroturf. ;-)
(The entire weekend's photoset is right here)