Last night the son of good friends from high school got married. It reminded me that good friends are forever.
In high school, Sonna lived around the corner, then moved across the street. Her dad was a builder so they would build a new house, move into it, and sell the other one. We lived on the corner, and George lived 2 houses down in the other direction from where Sonna lived. But Sonna had actually lived directly in front of George's house. The funny thing is that they never met in high school. George went to military school in Virginia.
Sonna is a year older than George and I, but Sonna and I had a couple of classes together in high school. George and I used to water ski together with our friend Doug. George had the ski boat. Sonna and I would go sailing together. I had the sail boat. Sonna went off to SMU to school, I went across town to the University of Texas (which is the ONLY school) and George went to A&M.
Our freshman year A&M played Texas in football in Austin. George brought home Corp friends and Bettye told me that I could come and decorate the inside of the house when the boys went drinking. So I enlisted Sonna to help me. She had never met George at the time. Bettye called and we went to work. But suddenly we heard the front door open and we took off out the back door. Everyone in Northwest Hills has privacy fences, so we had to go out the gate and run back to our house. When we got back, my house had been decorated in maroon and white!! And my parents never heard a thing.
Still Sonna and George did not meet. Fast forward to Christmas break. I had to get my wisdom teeth out. Sonna came over to see me look like a chipmunk. I disappointed her, so she and I were sitting on my mom's bed talking to my mom and painting our fingernails green. George then walks in the bedroom, after coming in the back door. He too was disappointed I didn't look like a chipmunk. He climbed on the bed too to talk to us.
Three and one half years later after George graduated from A&M and Sonna had seen the light and transferred to Texas, Sonna and George got married at St. Luke's on the Lake in a beautiful ceremony.
Last night their youngest son Kyle, who holds a bachelor's and master's from A&M, married Erica, who also graduated from A&M. Despite their poor choice of colleges, they are a wonderful couple and Erica was an absolutely gorgeous bride. It was a beautiful ceremony at Grace Episcopal Church in Galveston.
Sonna's sisters Stephanie and Ruthie were there as well as George's brother David and his sister Lisa. The old neighborhood was back together. None of our parents live their any more, but we have great memories of the time. George's mom passed away a couple of months ago after suffering from poor health for a long time.
Pictures can be seen here.