Celebrating Friends

This past weekend I had the opportunity to celebrate some dear friends in joyous events. They are both genuinely two of the kindest people I know. While I am someone with some degree of social anxiety, who is terrible at small talk and feels like I never know what to say to anyone I’m not close friends with and thus whose first instinct is to run in the other direction when faced with talking with someone I don’t know or don’t know that well, they both seek to make sure everyone feels comfortable and included. They are both generous and welcoming in spirit in a way that I envy and it showed in the people they had surrounding them this weekend.

Friday night I attended my friends Lindsey and Andrew’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony performed by one of our other friends who did a wonderful job. I’m pretty sure it was the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding. I’m still dreaming about the little cheesy toast appetizer things. It was also super fun to dance the night away. I adore wedding dancing. I don’t have much opportunity to dance in my life, and I always find dancing with a bunch of friends to the kinds of music that gets played at weddings to be super fun. I even got my husband to dance with me for like half a song when they invited everyone to join them on the floor during the first dance. That was the first time he’s danced with me since our wedding over a decade ago, and I think that was the first time we danced ever. So I guess I can get him to dance again in another 10 years. I was a little worried that with all the stuff wrong with my right foot right now I wasn’t going to be able to dance that much without being in super pain, but my foot didn’t really bother me much at all on Friday night, though I did regret it a little Saturday. I’m past the point in my life where I get invited to a lot of weddings, so it was really fun to get to do some wedding dancing for the first time in awhile.

Friday night was also my friend Emily’s 30th birthday, but as we were all at the wedding she had her birthday party on Saturday night. We ate some delicious bbq all the way from her home state of North Carolina. This was a lot more of me being awkward and not knowing what to say to all the people I didn’t know or don’t know all that well until the party thinned out at the end of the night, but I had a good time anyway and was very happy to celebrate the birth of a wonderful person and friend.

It’s always nice to have times where you can take a step back and think about how lucky you are to have the people you have in your life. This weekend was one of those times.

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