Laughter is the Best Medicine

Kevin met Jeremy sometime between 2002 and 2004. We lived with him and his future wife for a couple of months in 2006, before finding our own place. Kevin was in his wedding and even got up and spoke. Jeremy was the best man in our wedding. He is one of the first people Kevin calls when he needs to talk to someone. No matter what, Jeremy is there for you. And through it all, I still feel like I barely know the guy.

To be perfectly honest, I was a prude and Jeremy is rough around the edges. He was everything my parents warned me against and I've had a hard time overcoming my prejudices. Those prejudices are not only unfounded, but Jeremy and his family are amazing people. 

When I started planning our vacation, I knew that Jeremy needed to be invited and that we had to make it work for them to come. And it did work out, they were our last guests, staying with us for three days. It was a pleasure to get to know Jeremy's wife Jenn better. She is a hard working, awesome mom, and happy woman. Their two kids, Mac and Shelby, were awesome to have around, full of energy and life. Mac loves games and so the first thing he did when he found our game stash was have Kevin teach him how to play one, which he then won. Shelby was full of hugs and chatter, we spent many hours in the wave pool, riding waves and having a ball. I don't know if the kids sensed I needed it but they held my hand almost every time we were walking anywhere. Between that and Shelby's hugs I felt well loved. That first night we stayed up to 2am just chatting. That chat involved lots of laughter and a few drinks. It was the perfect way to end our vacation.

My enjoyment of their company was so unexpected. Trusting my gut, unlearning prejudices, and opening myself up to people has been a great journey. If I hadn't done it, I wouldn't understand why Kevin treasures his friendship with Jeremy so much. I am happy that Kevin has such a great friend and that he is becoming a friend of mine too. I hope we get to see them again soon. Laughter is the best medicine.

Notes:

  • I blame Jeremy for the weird way Kevin eats a kiwi.
  • I also blame Jeremy for the fact that no home made pasta sauce ever tastes exactly right. And it's been close to ten years since I've even tasted his...