I’ve known Serena since the 4th grade. Her father was the pastor at the church where I grew up and her family was a part of mine. We spent years together in youth group and saw each other grow up. She has always stood out to me as someone with great strength, confidence, beauty, and character. Even back then she was not someone you’d want to pick a fight with because she could make any boy pee his pants.
We went our separate ways for college, and out of all of my friends, she went the farthest. I remember missing her and wondering what kind of a woman she would grow up to be, she seemed limitless to me. I remember also thinking, “Every guy I know is intimidated by her, I can’t wait to see who she’ll marry one day…he’d have to be something to stand as tall as her.”
There’s something about childhood friends. Even after you’ve spent years apart growing separately, you’re still connected at the root. Serena and I have recently reconnected. When we met up again I saw in her every bit the woman I thought she’d be and much much more. She shared with me the journey that brought her to where she is today, and how she has found the love of her life. I met Melissa for the first time.
I know this journey to love has not been an easy one for them both. Overcoming criticisms, self doubt, rejections, and an ocean of tears. But what I see before my eyes is a woman transformed and softened by her knowledge and understanding of love. She is open and vulnerable in a way that only someone can be when she feels protected, accepted and loved unconditionally. There is love between Serena and Melissa, a love that runs deep and strengthened by weathering a multitude of storms together. Clinging to love and leaving behind bitterness.
So I was right, I knew she would marry someone who is strong and stands tall.