The day has come for me to write this blog post. I’ll admit that I’ve been delaying it. Not because I didn’t want to write it, rather because I knew it would be difficult for me to find the write words to describe this human being.
My Maid of Honour is my best friend, Katie. I’m her Maid of Honour too (she’s getting married two months before me – weird, right?!).
Katie was the first person I met when I went to university. I walked through the door of my accommodation and she was stood there with a massive smile on her face, holding a box of chocolates insisting I take one. There were other girls in the flat, but Katie and I just clicked straight away. And from that day on it was almost as if we were stuck to each other.
Wherever the one person went, the other followed. We were partners in lectures, we were roommates and gym buddies. We went on coffee dates, theme park days, shopping trips and holidays. We fell ill together, put on weight together, danced together and perhaps drank too much together some nights. We cried together, got stressed together and laughed together. But our favourite thing to do together was to dream. We dreamed of our future houses, careers and children. On our lazy days we planned our dream weddings and discussed the potential couple retreats.
The funny thing about our friendship is that whenever the one of us was down, the other was always read to pick them back up. When she was sick, I was there to hold back her hair. When I was ready to quit my degree, she stayed up with me late at night to convince me I was being stupid. But the biggest, most important thing of all is that when my heart broke, she was there every time to help me pick up the pieces.
The thing is, Katie is more than just a best friend. She’s a part of me and a part of my story. She’s a sister and life companion who I’m more than sure God planted right next to me for a reason.
There is so much more to say, and so many more stories to tell but I would be here all day, possibly all year.
I’m thankful for you, Katie. In my heart the adventures of Mieke Kotze and Katie Clarke will live on forever and ever, and I’m so excited to see what both Mieke Maybury and Katie Collier have to look forward to together.