I know some people don't like being a bridesmaid but I've never felt that way. To me, it's an amazing honor to be asked to be part of somebody's wedding, and it offers me a chance to dress up. As a little girl, I always wanted to be a bridesmaid (the nearest I could get to being a fairy princess, I suppose), and I was quite impatient for the opportunity. When my Dad's sister married, I was the little bridesmaid but I had secretly hoped for a more ruffly dress than the simple long puff-sleeved lavender number I ended up wearing. In retrospect, it was actually a pretty and quite adult dress, but it didn't have as much seven year-old girl appeal.
This week, my friend Lisa called me just before I left to teach and asked me to be a bridesmaid for her wedding this spring in Santa Barbara. I was delighted. We were grad school roommates and she is one of my dearest friends, even though distance (or time zones) and work prevent us from talking as much as we'd like. We always share a hotel room at our annual conference and this is a photo of us taken on the first day of SCMS this spring in the elevator. Just being around her is a joy.
I am so honored to be invited to be part of Lisa's wedding and eagerly wait to find out more about what it will be like--and, of course, what we will wear!