Etched Markings

Memories are the things we cling tight to in dark times. They are our secret treasures. They keep us sane. They drive us crazy. They are the keys to our happiness and they can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
This week has thrown me into a vortex of memories. One of my friends is taking that great leap into wedded bliss this weekend. We have been through a lot together. We have dreamed big dreams while we slung drinks behind the bar. We have shared heartaches over “steak dinners” and clung tight to each other in some pretty questionable places.
Memories do funny things to your heart. They brand you. They leave deep, etched markings that can never be seen with a naked eye. Sometimes in life, we are blessed enough to meet a few great people who share those same scars you hide deep beneath the layers. I am honored to say that all our shared memories will go on burning like a spiritual flame. Life can not touch them. Time can not erase them.
This weekend, as my friend gains a husband, I will gain something too. A new opportunity to make memories that include the two of them. The best gift anyone can receive is the gift of friendship. I am honored to be a part of this very special time in their lives and my wish is that the memories they create together that day will smolder and spark in their hearts and minds forever.

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