Saturday, May 20, 2006

Congratulations Maria!

Today my close friend that I grew up with is getting married. Maria and I met when we were fourteen years old. We met under different circumstances. My friends were against her friends. We were in art class one day, and everyone was basically at war with one another. Her friends sneered at me—as I tried to ignore them. I thought Maria was ‘one of them’, but she wasn’t.

Maria came up to me and said hello. We started talking and telling one another what our plans were for the weekend.

“Well, I’m going to this big party tonight! You should go!” Maria said.
“Really? I would love to, but my boyfriend is holding this huge party at his house tonight.”
“Oh, who’s your boyfriend?”
Maria asked.
“Rob.”
“Rob???”
Maria screeched, “That’s the party I’m going to!”

We ended up making plans to meet one another. She even slept over my house because I told her my curfew was pretty much lenient. It was as if I found a sister I never knew I had before. The both of us found ourselves spending the afternoons after school together, going to parties together and developing our own little circle of friends. The parties were nonstop. We held our own parties at my house and had such a blast. We created so many memories!

Maria and I even went to the prom together with our dates. My date ironically enough was gay. Back then he didn’t know I was gay, and I didn’t know he was gay. We found out recently that the both of us worked for the other team. I knew there was something a little feminine about him when he started dancing like showgirl. He was a great guy—and still is.

My friend Maria has seen me through heartaches and was there for me each time. I’ve seen her go through her share too, and always ran to her side when she was hurting. After all these years of being friends, we’ve never fought. I think we had a little disagreement once---but that was it.

Maria was one of the first people I 'came out' to. She accepted me as is and didn’t even flinch when she heard the news that I was gay. She didn’t think I was going to pursue her, nor did she think I was some sort of freak. She was never embarrassed of me. Everything was still the same. When some of my other friends backed away from me due to my decision to come out, Maria was still there like she was before. You really know who your true friends are during those times; and Maria is definitely one of them.

Later on during the years (current times), we sometimes would drift apart for a few months, but when we do connect again, it’s as if no time has lapsed over. It’s one of those friendships where you always know that you’ll be in one another’s lives no matter what.

So, I’m making a toast to her on my blog today. At 4pm, I’ll probably be crying my eyes out watching my childhood friend get married—and finally have the happiness she deserves.

Maria, I love you with all my heart. There is nothing better than seeing you happy. I wish love, happiness, health and prosperity for you. I hope your life is full of laughter and joy. I pray that your marriage is full of passion and unconditional love—you deserve only that. You’re an incredible woman who needs to be treated with respect and honor. I’m hoping your years ahead will be fulfilling. If you have children, I know without a doubt in my mind that they’ll have the love that they need through you and Chris. The both of you are amazing people and I’m so excited to see you two exchange vows.

See you at 4pm. I’ll be the one blowing my nose like a trumpet trying to hide my tears! I love you! Congratulations!!!

33 comments:

Mike said...

Nice post Fraggle...

and....

if you would...

get a pic of you blowing your nose like a trumpet....

wanna post it for us?

Joe said...

Maria sounds like a wonderful person. I hope today is just the beginning of a lifetime of happiness for her and her husband-to-be.

kathi said...

Congrats Maria!

├ůsa said...

Congratulations Maria for getting married today and for having a freind like Deb! Happy life!

say it hot said...

May the roof above them never fall in and may they both never fall out!

CP said...

Hooray Maria!

CP.

mal said...

way cool! life is good *S*

Nettie said...

Congratulations Maria.

luckysevn said...

What a beautiful bride she'll be!!! Congrats to her and God bless!

Big Mama said...

WOW! Excellent post!

Congrats Maria and Chris!

~Deb, you have proven time and time again that you are a wonderful friend. I can see why she stayed by your side, you are real and you surround yourself with people just like yourself.
I hope you laughed, cried and made a big honking sound when you cried!!!

Monica said...

I love weddings. How'd it go?

stopspamming said...

Wishing your friend Maria all happiness!!
...from a denizen of blogger world :)

Madelene Rose said...

Congrats Maria and Chris! Have fun at the wedding and dance as much as you can. My favorite part of wedding :P

Although, we Shakira them up a peg or two. LoL!

Anyway, best of luck to all.

Ciao bella :)

Casually Me said...

Marriage. I am now afraid. I guess it can work, I just don't know how...obviously...

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of Maria. My congratulations and blessing to her on her marriage!

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

freinds rock.

hope she has a long happy marriage;)

Grace said...

That's so great! Congrats to her. Hope you have a great time at the wedding :)

Zibi said...

Deb ... Gook luck and congrats to your friend.

Leesa said...

You wrote: "My date ironically enough was gay."

That sort of drew a chuckly from me because he could be writing the same thing. Love your stories!

Cheetarah1980 said...

Long time friends make life worth living. You've made me miss my best friend. Thank you

GirlGoyle said...

Those are the best of friends...the ones that may drift apart but when they find their way back,you pick up where you left off. Yaay for Maria. Wish her the best.

Cheryl said...

Congrats to her! Those kind of friends are the best.

AWE said...

Sorry I missed the post. I wish your friend the best.

I hate that I never keep in touch with friends from long ago.

Sue said...

I feel very sad sometimes that only one of my high school friends is REALLY still in my life -- a few still exchange cards but only one takes time out to call, send a CD (he is a p/t dj) or send a card or note to say he is thinking of me. :( -- He is also one of the ones that we both said -- hey guess what -- and shocked the heck out of each other :)

Bert Ford said...

Best of luck, I truly mean that even though I've quit believing in marriage. Hope it lasts forever.
I personally like weddings because if you can find a bridesmaid without a significant other, a wedding is the best place to hit on her. You are practically golden. I swear, unattached bridesmaids have the roundest heels anywhere. They'll fall on their backs in a light breeze.
But, of course, I am an unrepentant pig.
Hi, Deb. I've been gone, but have recently returned to the land of the blogging. Glad to see you're still out there.

Blog on!

Bert

Heather said...

Hope you had a great time. She sounds like a great person and an even better friend.

Jon said...

Only Deb could be in the middle of a feud and come out with friendship that lasts forever. She seems as wonderful as you.

Joyce B. said...

This is a beautiful post. What a nice tribute to your friendship. Will you post about the wedding?

JD said...

woohoo, congratulations Maria. i was going to post a funny comment, but not at such an occasion. nothing but respect and joy for Maria's special day and for you and your special friend. this post has made my week. :)

normiekins said...

congratulations Maria!!!!! way to go.....let me in on some catching a man and secrets will ya!!!!! Nice post Deb!!!!

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