Heather has been my best friend since we were 6 years old. As a lady, I won't do the math for you, but just so you know, that's a "really long time." We're coming up on our silver best-friend-iversary...I think we should have a party.
I have thousands of precious memories of growing up with Heather, but one of my favorites is what we used to do when both of our moms were around. We would hide ourselves in the car or in a closet, or under a table...anywhere we'd fit really...ostensibly so that our mothers would separate and we'd still be left together. We were convinced that our moms would totally forget we existed and just go about their merry way leaving us together in one hiding spot or another for a little longer. Anything just to have a few more minutes to play together.
We're older now, but part of that instinct is still there - at least it is for me. When I have nothing to say, I want to say it to my best friend. When I have nowhere to be, I want to be with my best friend. When I can't explain myself, I want wisdom from my best friend. When I'm in crisis mode, I want encouragement from my best friend. After all these years, I still sometimes find myself wanting to hide in a little corner with her and just pretend like the rest of the world isn't out there for a few minutes.
When my brother was born, I told my mom to send him back because I wanted a sister. She of course told me I'd have to get over it because he wasn't going back. I was devastated. I was three and a half years old, and God didn't give me the sister I had always wanted.
Three years later, when I walked into my first grade classroom for the first time, God finally gave me my sister. He knew I couldn't make it through all of those awkward years alone.
That's how it happens. One day, you know that there's a hole in your heart where someone special is supposed to be, and in a beautiful instant, God brings that special person into your life to fill that void.
Heather and Walker, my prayer for you is that you always recognize that there was a missing piece in your life until the two of you met. That you always put the needs of each other in front of your own needs, and that every day you spend as Mr. & Mrs. Young is infinitely better than all of your days before this moment.
Congratulations, my sweet friend. I love you!