Jill and I had been playing phone tag for a week or so. I was on my way home after work and as her place was on the way, I decided to stop by. As I was walking up to the screen door, I could hear laughter. And a male voice. I hesitated but then shrugged. Jill and I would pop over to each others' homes unannounced and I didn't think this would be an exception. Plus, I was totally curious!
The male voice belonged to Landon, her coworker. The coworker she'd been hanging out with a little bit more as of late. I knew she thought he was cute. I also knew there were issues. He was much younger. He was Catholic and she was not. Landon had converted to Catholicism a year or so prior after studying early church history and knew he wanted to marry someone who was also Catholic. These issues were not insurmountable but they were worth considering.
Landon and I chatted a bit. I never would have guessed he was younger if I hadn't already known. He was smart, funny, and seemed like a good guy. I remember thinking that there might be something there and couldn't wait to break it down with Jill later. A 10 minute impromptu visit turned into an hour when Jill invited me to stay and watch "Arrested Development." Jill was working her way through the seasons and I had been recently turned on to the hilarious show. I watched a couple of episodes, silently noting the flirtation between my friend and her gentleman caller. And then I continued on my way home.
I found out later that Landon had been planning to ask Jill out that night and was dying while I was there! He did ask her out a few episodes after I left and she, of course, said yes. I felt bad that I'd caused him anxiety until I found out he'd been planning to ask her out for a month before he actually did. This, my friends, is why guys should just do it! If he'd asked her out when he first decided to do it, then my visit would have been one month into their relationship and he would have been nervous about gaining my approval.
Jill reconciled the fact that he was younger than her. I heartily approved of Landon and continue to think they are a great match. He proposed in December and I was thrilled when she called with the good news. After much prayer and discussion, she decided to convert to Catholicism. I was there for her baptism and confirmation this past Easter vigil.
Tomorrow night I head to my hometown for the first time since I moved. This Friday they'll be married. I'll be one of the hot bridesmaids standing by her side. Jill and I have been in the trenches together. It has been a treat to watch her fall in love and realize she is someone's beloved. I'm so honored to be a part of my friends' special day. Congratulations, Jill and Landon!