Arriving at this familiar church
to be a bridesmaid at Claire’s wedding
seems almost unreal. Claire Bloom was one of my closest friends in
grade school and high school. Now she’s going to walk down the aisle in
less than two hours into the arms of dashing Paul Payne!
While I was visiting Springfield
last summer, Claire and Paul had announced their engagement. They said
they’d be married on Valentine’s Day next year. Because Claire had gone
through a difficult first marriage, I’d been delighted with their news.
I see another dear old friend,
Suzette Powers, hurriedly approaching me. She gives me a big hug.
“Genevieve! So good to see you.”
We walk through the spacious
hallway and into the bridesmaids’ dressing room. In a corner hanging
rack I see an elegant, wine-colored gown. Within fifteen minutes I’m
changed and ready.
We walk into the foyer and see a
large group of people. Ushers are handing out programs. Next I hear the
voice of the wedding coordinator, Ms. Drummond. “Wedding party members
need to get in place now.” She starts to line everyone up.