SHEENA BARNETT: I should have gotten a tissue

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Hindsight is 20/20, and according to my eye doctor, that’s the only 20/20 I’ve got right now. But I digress.
My I-Should’ve-Known-Better moment came in a tiny bathroom at the Legion State Park lodge over the weekend.
I was crammed in said bathroom with four of my fellow bridesmaids and one of my best friends, Laura, beautifully dressed in her wedding gown, right in front of me.
Laura was going to marry Brian in less than 10 minutes, and all of us bridesmaids were sharing Laura’s final moments as a single woman.
All of those months of planning – for Laura, for Brian and for all of us – had come down to this.
We seemed to be connected at the belly by our butterflies, and we were all feeling so strongly we seemed to shake together.
We giggled. A lot.
Somebody said something about their shoes, and we all stuck out a foot. Laura let us wear any shoes we wanted, and we all giggled at our choices.
The bride donned sparkly silver flip-flops, three of us opted for silver flats, one wore shiny black flip-flops and one wore tan sandals with a bright orangey-red nail polish color called “My Chihuahua Bites.”
Laura grabbed her camera and snapped a picture of our feet sticking out from below her white gown and our dresses, which were the color of the inside of a red grape.
Before heading out to line up, most of the bridesmaids grabbed a tissue and they talked about how they always cried at weddings.
I declined one. I never cry at weddings.
I have been to few weddings in my life and have been in even fewer, and I’ve never cried.
Even though this was one of my best friends and this was a day I knew she’d been dreaming about for years, I thought I wouldn’t cry.
All of us bridesmaids left the tiny bathroom to line up, each of us passing along our love to Laura before walking out.
“How are you feeling?” I asked.
“I’m feeling the butterflies,” she said, and we giggled. I blew her a kiss, told her I loved her and walked out.
After taking my place alongside my fellow bridesmaids, it was finally time for Laura to make her debut.
As “Canon in D” began, everyone stood in awe of Laura as she and her father made their way down the aisle.
She looked stunning. She smiled the brightest smile as she walked toward Brian.
His smile matched his bride’s.
They looked like the two happiest people I’d ever seen.
Seeing my best friend so happy made me so happy…and the tears began to well up in my eyes.
I knew I should’ve gotten that tissue.
Maybe I do cry at weddings after all.

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