Archive for June, 2005

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Untitled – June 23, 2005

June 23, 2005

I recently attended a wedding. I love weddings. All the class, the planning, tears and partying that happens at a wedding is truly wonderful. The summer before I started college I found a job as a banquet server at the Red Lion in Richland. It was long hours and I never had Saturday nights off – I was always working weddings. I must have worked over 10 weddings that summer.

I loved working weddings. The reason people spend so much time, effort and money in planning and coordinating this event is because weddings are the few events in life that we live for. From the time we are precocious teenagers, we spend our lives in finding someone to spend the rest of our lives with – and when we find them, we want the day to be perfect.

The wedding was for my friend Sara and her man Dave – both of whom I met while in college. Sara was in my marketing group for three quarters in a row. Not only, spending hours together in the classroom, we spent hours together outside the classroom in group meetings and happy hours.

Their wedding was small and classy. And I was one of the few friends from college. She and her family seemed overly touched that I attended. I get the sense that I made a larger impact on her life than I knew that I did. It made me think, if I never knew that I had a good impact on her life – even for a short amount of time, do the people that have made a great impact on my life know they had a great impact on me?

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Untitled – June 12, 2005

June 12, 2005

Last night we had a “Surprise Going Away / Birthday Party” for my great friend Dani. She is leaving for Uganda Africa for her internship. I remember seeing Dani from a distance during the Evans School open house back in April 2004. I was very intimidated by her. She had her hair in two ponytails, wore a great looking skirt and walked with this amazing confidence. She has the biggest heart I have every seen. She feels bad when she does not have money for the homeless and she takes a genuine interest in people. I am truly amazed by all this because she has been sober for a long time now.

Dani at Golden Gardens

Dani could best describe the party last night by saying “wow, it is so weird to see all these people together who don’t know each other.” Her family and friends, both old and new, were all there to wish her well. Her brother Luc instructed us to draw a picture of Dani to give to her. We shared stories, laughed and cried. People sang karaoke and everyone sang Hey Jude.

Moments like these reenergize the soul. Often times in life, we get so focused on the details and the monotony. We forget to have fun and reflect on how people have influenced our lives. Life moves so fast and if we close our eyes for only a moment, we may miss the most important things to us.