Remember what I said about about me taking Miss D&G to Victoria, B.C. for her 18th? Well, while we were there we stumble upon an Irish linens and lace shop. Loving textiles as I do, I decided to buy her something there for her birthday. Pretty much everything was beyond our pay-grade, but I decided upon an Irish lace wedding handkerchief. I had an heirloom wedding handkerchief that the brides of my family had carried through the generations on their wedding days and I thought it was a lovely tradition. Just the thing to buy my best friend for her 18th birthday.
How was this possible?! Did I mention that she and her husband had had four children in four years? How could she possibly be handing me a check for $5,000 and how could I accept it? Really though, how do you not accept money someone has spent 10 years saving for you? I tried to say thank-you, but really I was in too much shock to be coherent. It took the entire 6 hour drive home to come to grips with what had happened in those 6 minutes. I had a friend who loved me enough to be so happy that my love story had really come true that she spent 10 years saving her own hard earned money through college, her own wedding, 4 babies and 2 houses to give me the money to go to Ireland with my husband.