Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending one my best friends and longest friends wedding. Friday, July 21, 2017 in Destin Florida as tears rolled down my cheeks😭 I watched Bethany Joy marry the man of her dreams. I wouldn’t consider myself much a crier, but I couldn’t help but to find myself getting emotional watching someone you have known for over 18 years look so beautiful walking down the isle to eventually say, I do!👰🏼 💕💕💕
Probably because most of our memories together were during the super awkward middle school and early high school stages of our lives lol, see for your self...🤣
The older I get, the more I value friendship and loyalty which is exactly what Bethany as been to me ever since 7th grade. I moved around a lot when I was younger, before there was Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram making it nearly impossible to stay in touch with old friends. But despite the lack of then technology, we always managed to stay close. After moving away in 10th grade for my 18th birthday, I took a trip back to Washington to spend the weekend with Bethany and see the rest of my old Pullman friends. The same year, Bethany flew out to Colorado for a weekend in the winter to see me play at my new school in Colorado (😎🏀It should also be noted that game I had a triple-double…18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals). A few years later Bethany came to Atlanta for my senior day game at Georgia State. (😩This game should be noted I went 0-2 from the field in 23 minutes and played like trash).
Because I moved so much it was not only hard to make friends, but I found it even harder to keep friends. Looking back now I can see how I was a bad friend and never really opened myself up to people in fear of another move. It was a tough cycle for me to break. But through it all, middle school, drivers ed, braces, overalls, track meets, basketball games, college, apartment searches, real jobs, puppies (lol Bentley and harper🐶) and everything else in between. No matter where life has taken me, Bethany has always been my friend and a loyal one at that.
There were times and stages in our lives we went weeks, months even without talking. But when we did reconnect it was like nothing had ever changed and we picked up right where we left off…annoying teachers at Pullman High School since 2001🤙🏽
Last April I reunited with “Beth,” when I came to visit her in Houston for a long weekend. While I was there I was able to witness my BFF in her natural habitat of teaching 7th grade Language Arts (read the full blog post here: http://www.dreamliveball.com/blog/2016/04/10/sharing-my-best-friend). It was a wonderful weekend reuniting with her and it made me realize just how much I missed having a friend like Bethany in my everyday life.
So fast forward to present day, little did I know that the Lord would bring us together again living in the same city after 18 years apart. I will forever be grateful for the many differences in our personalities and backgrounds. But even more thankful for the strength in the similarities of our beliefs that hold us together and keep us close.
Thank you BJB, now BJWil for making me a better person and always being there for me. I love you and wish you, Frank & Bentley a happy new life together.