It was so wonderful to fly home for the weekend to see my little sister marry the love of her life. Barbie met Rich several years ago when she was studying abroad in England at Essex University. They fell in love and then were separated by the ocean and many miles. After numerous visits back and forth they were engaged and were married on Saturday. My entry into the story begins last Monday.
I met Rich for the first time in the sand at Huntington Beach, one of my most favorite places in the world! He was cuddled up with my little sister in the sand. Barbie was lying on her stomach under an umbrella, trying to get some sleep. Later, her diagnosis of strep throat would be escalated to a severe case of mononucleosis. We were introduced and said our hellos. It stood out to me that despite his “mates” being there from England, he was paying much attention to my sick sister.
As the afternoon dissolved to evening and the evening to nighttime, we roasted hot dogs and them marshmallows. We laughed and joked and got to know one another. As newcomers arrived they were introduced and my sister glowed with fever and joy! By the time the beach closed at 10pm, there were a good 25 people gathered around the fire.
I felt old. I was so glad that my “old” friends were there to be old with me.