When I think of Heather, the beach and the ocean instantly come to mind. It all started at Millsaps College (where we met our freshman year in 1994) because her car smelled sandy and salty–like vacation and fun things and happy memories.
Heather’s heart and her capacity for love are like the ocean—boundless, vast, inviting, always pulling you in with its magical, magnetic current. Like the seagulls that land on shore, she sits quietly, waiting for you to need her. And then she is there.
I knew Heather was special from the moment I met her at Millsaps. It was our second night on campus and I was alone, homesick, and throwing myself quite the pity party in the hallway of Bacot 2nd West. Like a seagull, Heather alighted next to me and after asking what was wrong, admitted to being a bit homesick herself.
“Tomorrow is my birthday and no one knows me here or cares,” I sobbed miserably. After reassuring me and talking me off the edge of the cliff, we went to bed in our respective rooms.
The next morning as I headed out into the hall to the shower, I was greeted by an enormous handmade birthday banner and decorations.
She’s always known.
Like the ebbs and flows of the tide, Heather always comes back to me. She’ll wash up on shore again just when you need her, like a message in a bottle or a perfect seashell you pick up and brush the wet sand off to take home—a treasure.
Mike, you have found quite the treasure.
Shakira: Yes baby, this is a castle.
Cecilia: Mami, Titi Heather is a princess?
Shakira: Yes baby, Titi Heather is a princess. Shhh Shhh
Cecilia: Mami, I got to go potty. Mami, I poopie in the castle?
Shakira: No baby, there is NO POOPIE IN THE CASTLE! (said in my best mommy whisper)
Cecilia: Mami, Blanca Nieves (Snow White) poopie in the castle.
Shakira: Yes baby, but this is not Blanca Nieves’ castle and we can’t get up to go to the potty. That’s why you are wearing a Pull-Up today.
Cecilia: Mami, accidents happen, I pee pee in my Pull-Up.
Heather thought of every detail and planned a beautiful, extravagant and special wedding, including goodie bags for all of her guests.They were reusable totes stuffed with bottled water, Cokes, homemade cookies, homemade Georgia-themed magnets, and MOON PIES!!! I saved mine for the girls, and they dug in last night:
Thank you, Heather, for a wonderful weekend! We had a blast and I felt so privileged to be a part of it. Thank you also to your parents and Mike’s, and to all of your family and friends who made me feel so welcome. CONGRATULATIONS!