I had to think about that offer for all of about..half a second, before I received a Florida flight confirmation and I was off to Target to buy winter gear (us in West Palm Beach are still wearing shorts in December). Not long after, I received another sweet surprise when Lo asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! Lo, I can’t wait to be standing next to you at your wedding!
Ok, enough about Lo and I, because clearly from the title and photos, that’s not who this post is about!
I distinctly remember giddy, whispering phone calls last December, when Lo would call me from her school library, waiting for this new love interest, Peter, to meet her at their special spot to “study”. They both attended a small, private University in West Michigan and had known who each other were for years, but never bridged the gap from acquaintances to anything more. On a snowy December night, Lora made her way into a brick library crowded with students cramming for finals. All the tables were taken, but that gave her the perfect excuse to ask for a seat next to said acquaintance, Peter. They spent the next four hours, originally designated for studying, getting to know each other in hushed library whispers. They found themselves conveniently needing to “study” at the same time and place each day, and all the more conveniently “bumping into each other.”
Library dates turned into attending church together, coffee dates, hometown visits and eventually a simple note on the windshield of Lora’s SUV. After Lora left the classroom she was student teaching at, she found a note directing her to go to the library where they had first met. A second note there told her to go to the “big white church” across the street where they both attended.
Lora opened the big double doors (the same ones which will open in August to reveal Peter’s bride in her white gown) and saw her man standing at the end of the aisle (the same aisle she’ll soon walk down to meet her groom). He dropped to a knee and asked her to be his forever, and without hesitation, she said yes to the cute boy from the library, as he slipped her dream ring on her finger and hugged his future wife so tight, he lifted her off the ground.