Ahhh, the pleasures of

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 18, 1999

good times and good friends

Now I’m on the downward slope and I’m having the time of my life!

I always knew I was loved as a child, but the fact that so many friends and family are throwing me showers and making time in their schedule to come and help me celebrate only reaffirms my belief.

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Last weekend two aunts and a cousin of mine threw me a wonderful shower in Andalusia. It was like "old home week." My piano teacher was there. She taught me from the age of eight until I finally quit taking lessons at 18. My Sunday School teacher was there. Her daughter and I went to school together in Andalusia. Friends of my Mema who watched me grow up were there. A lady who worked with Mama at the Andalusia Star was there. It was just wonderful to see all these people that I had not seen in years.

We had a good time reminiscing.

Of course we had punch and brownies and finger sandwiches. I was very glad of that because I had no idea how tiring these kind of events can be. I told Mama that if it was this tiring just having fun at a shower, I can’t wait to see what the wedding night will be like. I’m glad we aren’t leaving for the honeymoon until Monday morning.

I had a wonderful time opening all those gifts! It felt like Christmas morning. But I must admit it feels kinda funny opening all those gifts with all those people watching. But Mama said not to worry about it, that that’s just what people do at these kinds of things.

I got some of my china, Old County Roses, and some of our flatware, Gold Ribbon Edge. It all looks so good together. We got some beautiful pieces of crystal as well as a blender and the like.

But my absolute favorite gift of all, besides just being thrown the shower and getting to see everyone, were the cake toppers given to me by a dear friend. That’s right, no more looking for a cake topper! They are absolutely perfect and fit my bethrothed and me to a "T." I can’t tell you how excited I was when I opened their boxes.

All that’s left now is the unity candle, and I’m sure it will turn up soon.

Lots of memories were brought back during this event. I sure wish my Big Mama could be here to share all of this with me. At one point my mother and I had to suck back the tears that so badly wanted to stream down our faces as we thought about her at the same time. God I miss her. We talked of Mama’s wedding to my father, but she can’t remember much about it. We talked about Christmas traditions of years gone by. They all hoped I would tear each ribbon as I opened each gift, hoping babies will come soon.

It’s been a long time since I have felt so loved by so many. I hope I deserve it. I am a truly lucky soul.

Nothing left to do but enjoy and cherish this time before the big day. I’m trying not to worry too much and just enjoy everything. I can’t believe sometimes that all of this is really happening.

Well, I always say, there is a reason and a purpose for everything.