This is a post for Lisa and Vince - if you don't want to spend the next half an hour squeege-ing the cute from your brain, don't look!
So, I have this scarification piece on my leg - you've probably all seen it - a heart with a banner and the words, "Love is". Just a reminder, when I'm feeling the tug of hopelessness - love is, it exists, there's nothing I can do to take it out of the world and so much I can do to increase it.
Lisa and Vince are one of those couples that remind me of that. I have known Lisa for a shorter amount of time - 5 years, or so? - but it only took us a few months to grow close in ways that have taken me years with other people. We're parallel people - with a few differences here and there we would be mirror images, twins from different mothers. It's scary and beautiful to realize something like that, and it has made us closer than we might otherwise be.
And Vince - my Mom calls him a teddybear, and not without good cause. He has held me while I cried, helped me put together my bed and my life more times than I can count. I have known him longer, 7? 8? years, long enough to realize that he's a weird and wonderful force in my life, and not someone I ever want to be without.
It is amazing how well Vince and Lisa fit together, each playing to each other's strengths and weaknesses - Vince makes Lisa slow down and experience life, reminds her that she is beautiful and deserves to be loved and respected...Lisa calls Vince on his bullshit, makes him behave responsibly when he must and encourages his play when he is hesitant, reminds him that he deserves to be loved and respected. Together they are two strong personalities that mesh, rather than clash - though I know they have the occasional tiff, it is respectful and reasoned where others would lose their cool.
So you can understand why I was a little teary writing this post, and why I am overjoyed to be a part of their handfasting tomorrow - to be a part of their lives going forward, their wonderful shared journey. I love you crazy kids! <3 <3