She was tall and thin, a precious breath of humanity, with sparkling dark brown eyes fringed with the longest of eyelashes. Her smile was charming and her voice danced with cheer as she spoke. She came home from college last week and called to see if I could fit her for a bridesmaid dress.
When she stepped across the threshold of our front door she laughed as she spoke, "If you can take my size 18 prom dress down to a size 2, I know that this dress is going to be no problem at all."
As I took her measurements and pinned the necessary adjustments, we reminisced. I told her I was looking forward to the day I would fit her wedding dress. With a gorgeous expression, she said, "Hopefully that will be coming up soon!" I felt a spark of joy inside, knowing that she will bring me shimmering fabric with just the right amount of rhinestones and sequins. Then bittersweet emotions began to fold through the pages of my heart. I've watched her grow from a young high school student as she left the awkward lines of adolescence behind and waltzed through prom seasons and snowflake balls and now friends who are becoming brides. One day she will walk out my door carrying her wedding gown sized perfectly for her special day and I will ask myself if I will ever see her beautiful face again?
I am touched by so many lives.
I am blessed.
I pray I am faithful to the many people I encounter each day...
...my family first and then others.