And Then… There She Was

It wasn’t the walk up the aisle that made me nervous.

I knew he wasn’t going anywhere.

Standing beside him and holding his hand felt comfortable and easy; it gave me a chance to search the room for the face I’d been longing to see.

I told her that when I saw her I might leap from the alter and bear hug her.

I asked her several times to walk me up the aisle.

(I was only half kidding)

 

I saw her husband first, his long neck stretching far above the crowd, like a periscope, and his shirt matching perfectly with my decor.

I appreciated him immediately.

Her head was blocked by big hair and a smile belonging to someone I couldn’t place because I was bobbing, trying to find her face.

And then there she was.

My Kimberloo.

The woman who had pulled me out of the shitstorm I had found myself in after the birth of my daughter.

The beautiful writer I looked up to who was going through the same thing I was, but still had time to send me hilarious texts, peen-cock cards she scrapbooked herself, and pictures of monkeys wearing thongs.

She was real.

And she was waving like a loon while her husband mouthed the words “asshole.”

I couldn’t have been happier.

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14 Responses to And Then… There She Was
  1. katery
    September 25, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    so happy for you, congratulations again and how cool that you finally got to meet kim!

  2. Jenny
    September 25, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Leighanne, you looked radiant. Your daughter is so precious. I love the picture of you and Kim – two funny, strong women who are staring down the stigma of bipolar and kicking ass on a daily basis! xoxo

  3. Ali
    September 25, 2012 | 4:02 pm

    Awww. That’s so awesome.

  4. Lady Estrogen
    September 25, 2012 | 5:51 pm

    So awesome… and also jealous in the most loving and healthy way possible 😉

    My turn is next, bitches!

  5. Smldada
    September 25, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    Yay! Congratulations!!!

    I have been fortunate enough to meet two Internet people that I met virtually over half my life ago. I met these ladies way back when I wAs a teenager. It is hard to put into words how cool it is to have met them in real life after growing up, virtually, with them.

  6. Andrea
    September 25, 2012 | 8:21 pm

    COngratulations 🙂 And so awesome that you two could meet in person!

  7. Jenbug
    September 25, 2012 | 9:10 pm

    I just love this!

  8. Alison
    September 26, 2012 | 1:00 am

    You two are soooo awesome.

    You’re beautiful! Congratulations on becoming Mrs!

  9. Tracy (@nystoopmama)
    September 26, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Gorgeous! 🙂

  10. Kimberly
    September 26, 2012 | 11:43 am

    You are fucking awesome. HAAHAHA…yea I told Shawn that he was going to match but he just had to pick the shirt…because it was 75% off. Dude is cheap.
    I’m not.
    I keep my vagina closed.
    Love you so much and I can’t thank you enough for letting me be a part of your day and for holding my hand through this storm…always.
    xoxo

  11. MommaKiss
    September 26, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    Oh, congrats – HUGE congrats!! Love your pictures!

  12. Rach (DonutsMama)
    September 26, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    1. You look wonderful.
    2. So glad you and Kimberloo met.
    3. I think you were more excited to meet her than your now husband. 😉

  13. Kimberly
    September 26, 2012 | 10:32 pm

    Aw, I love this! You two are both completely awesome!

    Also? You look wonderful!

  14. Galit Breen
    October 5, 2012 | 6:40 am

    Hooray for beautiful you and your beautiful friendship! xo

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