By: Revanche

My presence is the present

May 14, 2010

This gorgeous, thick, almost plush orange envelope landed in my mailbox yesterday.  It was addressed to “Revanche and Guest” – you know what that means!

Wedding bells are ringing in honor of my dear old friend. He was my one of my favorite freshman year teachers and we’ve kept in touch lo these many years – through college, through the dissolution of his marriage, through some incredibly tough job hunting and soul searching years. And he’s found the woman who, without even meeting her, it’s plain she so matches his personality that reading her writing is like reading his.  They’re not the same, but it’s close enough to make no never mind.

I’m delighted for him.  He’s a warm and loving soul; a troubled marriage, divorce, ex-wife’s hasty remarriage to the strangest match ever (oh yes, we knew the guy) and the loss of his beloved pets who were children to him didn’t tarnish his quest for beauty (Whitmannish, Emersonian, Byronlike) and love.

My hope is that sometime after the wedding, I’ll get to know his wife and we’ll get along, and we’ll continue meeting up at odd times in our lives and be friends until the end of time. 

In the meantime, it’s a scramble to make sure that I’ve travel funds for another trip back down south to witness their nuptials and wish them well.  As luck would have it, they’ve scheduled it for the holiday weekend in July so with that Monday off as buffer/recovery time I’m considering driving instead of flying. It’s more cost-effective when you have more than one person in the car. Tallying for two: driving would probably cost less than $200 for the weekend, compared to 2 plane tickets at $180ish each. And if any other friends want to hitch a ride down to LA for the weekend, that’d defray the cost further. 

Between this unexpected news and the flight back home for a graduation I neglected to budget for, I’ve emptied the well of travel money, travel credits, and travel anything else! But I wouldn’t dream of missing it and can’t wait to see him again.

6 Responses to “My presence is the present”

  1. Jenna says:

    That is wonderful news! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of car do you drive? I think that this effects the driving vs. flying debate. At least for me since I drive a gas guzzler.

  2. Jersey Mom says:

    It’s tough to find love when people get older. I’m happy for him. =)

  3. Fig says:

    That sounds so lovely. I don’t even know him and I’m excited for his upcoming wedding. 🙂 Enjoy it!

  4. I’m happy for your friend 🙂

    It’s so nice to hear of people falling in love.

  5. I’m happy for your friend and am glad you can make it! Please pass on everybody’s good wishes. 🙂

  6. Revanche says:

    @Jenna: I drive a 4-door sedan – it doesn’t get the great gas mileage I’m used to but it’s not a guzzler.

    @Jersey Mom: Very true, and thanks!

    @Fig: Thanks!

    @Aspiring Minimalist: Isn’t it sweet? thanks!

    @Crystal: I will do!

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