Monday, June 05, 2006

The Trip

WARNING: The following post is ridiculously long.

This past weekend was really great. I'm so glad that I went! I could ramble a lot about it, but I'll try to stick to the highlights. Please forgive me if I stray.

Thursday night was nothing much except I was hot the whole night. The airport, the flight, the other airport, at my Mom's... all hot. And not the good, attractive kind of hot. I must have cooled off sometime after I fell asleep.

Friday I got together with Meat for lunch. We had planned on grabbing something from a local deli and going to the park, but it was raining so we went to Applebee's instead. I have such memories of that place. lol On the way there, Meat said she was so happy for me and Master, that she'd been praying for me, and she started crying as she said it. That guy she'd just started dating? It's already over. Unfortunately, Meat had gotten attached pretty quickly because he was just so right; he'd even already introduced her to his family, their kids had played together, stuff like that. So, a lot of lunch was her bemoaning the fact that it was over, even though it'd only been about 2 weeks. Apparently the guy decided that maybe he still had feelings for his ex (and the mother of his son) and it wasn't fair to Meat to keep dating since that was the case. Besides, that we talked some about other stuff, and her kids are always good for some laughs. They're just cuties.

I spent most of the afternoon in my Mom's basement going through a lot of the stuff I have stored there. I found some stuff that I'd been wondering where it was, like my high school diploma and a set of chimes someone gave me several years ago. I'll have some more boxes to take with me in August, but it's best to do it then when we have a Uhaul!

Saturday was a really good day. Mom and I left the house about 9 AM and went to pick up a good family friend, Allen, because his wife Melanie, son Jake, and daughter Mandy had driven down the day before because Jake was one of the groomsmen. Allen's an ER doc and had worked all, gotten off at 7:30, and was now going to spend 4 hours in the car with us! Apparently the tired doesn't hit until later because he didn't sleep at all and the 3 of us talked the whole way there. It's about a 4 hour drive to Belpre, which is way down in SE Ohio, literally right on the Ohio river across from WV. The drive, mainly the last half or so, was very scenic and through the hills. You pass some of those homes with sheds where You can almost see someone's granpappy in there making his moonshine!

Anyway, the wedding invitation had the wrong number in the address, but we still got there about 10 minutes before it was to start. We saw Melanie and Mandy in the parking lot and they took us into the big room in the church where the reception would be. We got to hug Jake inside as well as Daniel, Jiffy's husband, who was also a groomsman. We went down the hall to the foyer just outside the auditorium and saw Jr., Jiffy's older brother and another groomsman. We also saw Jiffy's mom. It was the two of them that told me that they'd kept it a secret that I was coming, so Jiffy didn't know that I was going to be there!

I guess they'd decided to make the auditorium mostly dark except for the from where the wedding would actually take place. Mom and I sat down right before Jiffy got up to sing. She wasn't looking around much and since it was dark, she didn't see us at all. I nearly cried when she started singing. It had been so long since I'd seen her and I love hearing her sing.

The ceremony itself was really nice. Jiffy's dad performed it, since he's a preacher and can do that kind of thing. It's kind of nice because then it's so much more special and meaningful. I'd never even seen Matt's fiance before, but she was very pretty. I think I heard something about her being homecoming queen. But that's not a big surprise because Matt is a good looking guy and is great at everything! He was even nicknamed Mr. Perfect because it seemed like no matter what it was, he could do anything, whether athletic or creative or whatever.

After the ceremony was over, there were immediately people there wanting to hug me, people I used to go to church with in Ohio and my mom still does. Apparently Jiffy's dad finally told her that there was someone she should see back in the auditorium. I was hugging someone else when she walked up and tapped my arm, going "my turn!" We hugged and held on for dear life. We both started crying, the kind of crying where you're making little sounds when you breathe. Three years was too long to not see each other. I have never had a friend like Jiffy and may never again. We used to do everything together. We never had to explain things to each other, we always just knew. We were - and are - part of each other's families. Even on saturday, when Jiffy's dad was introducing Mom and me to Jr's wife - whom we hadn't met even though they married last year - he introduced me as Jiffy's sister and my mom as Jiffy's second mom. :)

Anyway, the reception was fun and relatively casual. Just cake a little finger food. I didn't get to visit with Jiffy nearly as much as I wanted to, partly because she was cornered in the bathroom by her aunt talking to her for 20 minutes! And, of course, there's a bunch of other things going on and other people wanting to talk. But it was still so great to see Jiffy and all of her family, my second family. Matt introduced me to his now wife, Christi, and I was really impressed. She knew who I was almost before Matt said my name. She said, "I saw you sitting next to Jiffy, so I knew you had to be Suzy!" She was incredibly sweet, so it seems like Matt chose a good chica.

It was just Mom and me on the drive back. Eight hours on the road and a wedding makes for a long day, but it was a good one. Mom and I are so used to being on the road together. All those road trips between Ohio and Texas when I was in college made sure of that! We had a really good laugh on the way back when I received a text message from Master on my cell phone. See, my mom has asthma and she's not used to the sound my phone makes. I had it in my purse, so it was kind of muted, but she took a deep breath right as it made it's little sound and for a split second Mom thought she'd popped a lung or something!! It's probably funnier if you actually hear it, but we both got a huge laugh out of it. :)

Sunday morning we went to church. I haven't been going to church on my own for a few years, but I still go with Mom when I'm at her place. Say what you want about religion and churches, but there are a lot of people there that I love. You can find hypocrites in any religion if that's what you're looking for, but there are also a lot of good people. These are people who've watched me grow up and love me. These are people that want the best for me. They always seem to see all the good things about me and don't mind so much about bad things. These are people who knew my dad and can still see him in me. I like that. That's what home feels like.

So, I guess that covers most of the weekend. I was going to tell about the idiot cab driver when I got back, but I feel like I've been typing for about five years, so I'm going to leave that off! But I am calling to complain about him tomorrow. If I feel brave, I might post another picture once I get the film developed since I finished the roll. So stay tuned, you all might get another glimpse of me!

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Blogger Roxanne said...

Sounds like you had a great time! It's always feels so good when you geet to see close friends after a long break. I'm glad you could share in her special day even if you didn't get to visit much. You'll just have to plan another get together, right? Maybe she and her new hubby would like a second honeymoon to Canada? ;)

June 06, 2006 10:22 AM  
Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

Sounds like a busy but fun weekend! But now you REALLY have me wanting to hear about the cab driver. If it is so bad you have to call about him, it must be a good story!

June 06, 2006 12:35 PM  
Blogger Saddle Up said...

WOW - you did loads! And it sounds like you had great fun too!

Don't worry about posting your picture. You look great in the first one and I'm sure the second will be just as good.

I too want to hear about the Cabbie ;)

June 06, 2006 4:32 PM  

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