When Chris proposed (gosh, was it really 14 months ago?), there was never any doubt who I would ask to be my bridesmaids. How, when, and where to ask them was up in the air – but never the who.
I have known these girls a combined total of 75 years (one for 36, one for 26 and one for 14). We have shared a lot of laughter. We’ve shed a few tears. We’ve protected each other’s secrets. We’ve helped each other in matters of the heart. We have danced. We’ve sang. We’ve kicked each other in the ass when needed (sometimes really hard). And while things have changed, things have also stayed the same. I wake up every morning knowing I can call them at any time, for any reason, and they will be there for me.
They are, and forever will be, my best friends.
So as I said before, there was never any doubt who I wanted standing next to me when I say ‘I do’ to the future Mr. Wells. And I am proud to now present to the world, my bridemaids:
Joy ‘DICK’ Wells. April Jones. Jennifer
Who are these beautiful creatures you ask?
DICK – My baby sister. My cheering section. My confidant. We can play cards for hours without uttering a word to each other which some might think odd, but I find truly amazing as we have the ability to just ‘be’ with each other. She is one of the most creative people I know and can pick up a paint brush or a drill bit and make something extraordinary with it. I love that I can tell her anything and she won’t be shocked (wait, is that a good thing? Ha!). She calls me DICK, and I know she says it with love. She is also willing to risk everything she owns to follow her dreams and that makes me very proud to be her sister.
Jones – Where to begin? I have known this girl for what seems like my entire life. The first time she stepped into our house I knew we would be inseparable, and I was right. In fact, if it weren’t for the 2-1/2 year age difference, I would swear we were separated at birth. I love this girl as she knows my dark side (heck, she even contributed to it) and still answers my calls. No judgments from this one. She is also the most amazing role model when it comes to parenting. Gosh. If the kids Chris wishes to have (the boy wants four – I think he needs a younger fiancee, but whatever I am digressing here) turn out even 1/8 as good as Jones’ did – I would consider it a job well done. This woman is remarkable in so many ways.
Jenn – This girl is goodness through and through. She is truly an angel on my shoulder, and no one deserves the title ‘Bride 07 Campaign Manager’ more than Jenn (thank you again, btw, for traveling the world with me to find the right location). From the minute we made our ‘prison break’ out of Pacifica I knew Jenn was a keeper. I mean, how many people do you know that would help you move 300 shoe boxes without bitching? Well, 352 to be exact. I love her honesty, especially as she delivers it with tact. Usually. 😉 I never have to worry about her getting upset when I want to listen to the same song 10 times in a row as she would be right there hitting the repeat button with me. And I love knowing when she’s listening to me, she really is, and not just waiting for her turn to talk. That is tough to do, but Jenn is a rock star because she can do it, and does.
My girls will be by my side, making sure I don’t have lipstick on my teeth and the back of my dress is not stuck in my pantyhose. I also know these three love me enough to try and catch me should my knees buckle half way through the ceremony, so to them I promise to lose a little weight before the wedding so as not to break your backs. Just in case.
So there you go. My ladies. It pleases me to no end they are my posse.
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