At around 2pm this afternoon, I was downstairs eating a salad and checking my email, when I heard my cell phone ring. Thinking it must be R, I went upstairs to call him back. The caller id didn't say "R new," though. It said "Sean cell."
For those of you who don't know Sean, he was my best male friend during college. I met him for the first time in the spring of 2003, when he and I were casted in an adaptation of Trifles
. He reminded me so much of an old friend/boyfriend of mine, Derek, that I found myself slipping and accidentally calling him that for about the first two weeks.
Over the years, we went on many adventures: the Renaissance Faire in the Amanas, fishing at Keomah, Chicago, Des Moines, Taco Bell/Target trips to Ottumwa - everywhere. After Katie moved in, our house became the central location, and we grilled out or I cooked dinner (I like to cook, but only for large groups). We were all as tight as could be, and those boys were what made living here tolerable. As with everything, the golden age had to end. We all knew that Sean had greater things to do outside of Oskaloosa with his Midas touch (everything works out for him!), and he moved right after our graduation party. (I walked early, so we could have our party together.) It was very sad for all of us, but we were very happy for him. He thrived down in Branson, and even had employers competing for him! While he has been down there, he met his wife, Emily, and they were just married a year ago in July. I was very upset that I couldn't make it down to the wedding, but R and I already had plans that we couldn't break, and every plane ticket option we looked into with that short of a notice was not at all affordable. Since we couldn't afford to fly (which was the only way we'd make it in time), Katie and I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and put our gas and hotel money into buying them gifts for their new home.
So, now that you have a little background, I'll continue today's story.
Sean was wondering if I had our mutual friend Scott's cell phone number. I didn't have that on hand, but I did have their house number, so I gave him that. He said that he and Emily were in town this weekend for a wedding, and wanted to get together. I figured I had about an hour to get ready and clean up the house, so I called R while I was putting dishes in the dishwasher, and not one minute after hanging up with him, the doorbell rang. I turned to Sugar and exclaimed, "You're not serious!" and she wagged her tail and grinned at me. I was still in my pajamas, so I ran to my bedroom and tossed on a tank top, before scambling to the door. I came out all flustered and told him that when he said he was 'in town,' I didn't know he was a block away! I was briefly introduced to Emily, and then begged Sean to give me about 10-15 minutes to get cleaned up, so I could meet up with them properly. He laughed and then took Emily out on the town to show her around (that would only take 10 minutes, tops, since nothing is left!) and told me to call when I was ready. I raced through the house and literally threw things into the laundry room to get them out of the way. Then, I headed to the basement, where I spread out a blanket and tossed everything onto it, wrapped it up, and then threw it in to the guest bedroom. I prayed that no one wanted to use the upstairs bathroom, because the ceiling still needs to be fixed, and there were plaster hunks everywhere. After my shower, I called Katie, and asked her how quickly she could make it to Oskaloosa. She thought someone had died. (I was kind of frantic on the phone.) She said she was heading down, and then I met Sean and Emily at Smokey Row. We chatted there for about 30 minutes, and then came back to the house. I showed them around a little bit (to the safe rooms where changes were made) and Sean remarked about how much light was in the basement - he didn't remember it being so bright. I took him out to the patio and showed him the open area and told him that my friend Steve helped take it down a couple of years ago. We sat out there and talked for a good, long while, before Katie came, and we talked some more. Just sitting there and having him here again really helped brighten up my sad soul. He is so full of light, happiness and faith, and he inspires that in you, too. He was talking about how God has blessed him and Emily with a house and gifts that they prayed for, but didn't ask others for. Listening to him makes you want to believe there is a being that wants you to be happy, and also reaffirms that there are genuinely good people in this world. I can't really explain it - those who know him know what I mean. With just the sound of his voice, he can brighten up the foulest mood.
Sugar was pretty amusing, too, because she couldn't stop grinning from the moment he stepped through the door. Sean is her absolute favorite person in this world, even over me! If anything should ever happen to me, she's taking a road trip down to him, if he'll have her, because I know she'd live out the rest of her days in happiness.
Long story short, the world would be a better place if there were more Seans. I hope he and Emily get started making babies, soon, so they can start populating the world, because we need them!
I'm so happy that Katie and I decided against going to the fair, today. We would have missed them!