When you are friends with somebody since you were both eight years old, you have plenty of time to forge the perfect idea of who may be good enough for them. I mean… Catherine and I played enough MASH and fortune teller rounds to know exactly what kind of men we would end up marrying. But the older you get, the more you realize that there probably isn’t ever going to be somebody who is as amazing as your wonderful friend. Catherine is one of the most loyal and kind hearted people I know. She would give you the shirt off your back, while also loving chastising you for doing something stupid enough to lose it in the first place. Through the years she has always been there for me, even when it was time to welcome Finn into the world. It was amazingly comforting to have her on the nursing staff that helped me through my emergency c-section. Somehow the fortune teller game didn’t tell us that would be happening.
So… after years of sleepovers, carpooling to school, laughing and crying over the boys we dated, and growing up – here I was meeting Phil. To say I put him through the ringer immediately would be an understatement. I’m not one of those people who likes to beat around the bush. I was positive that my usual rounds of grilling would have him sweating in no time, but he remarkably was completely unfazed. Catherine was glaring at me across the table, but Phil was as cool as a cucumber. That is when I saw it – she had found the yin to her yang (so to speak). He has this innate ability to quell her fiery nature, and he makes her laugh at the world like nobody else. Whether it be at him, or herself, they both glow and have fun just being with one another. I knew he would be the one from that first day, and if could have created the perfect partner from my friend I wouldn’t have been able to do a better job myself.
So much love in my heart for these two! I cannot wait to be there to capture their wedding day (like I was going to give them an option).