Our niece, Hilary, was the flower girl at our wedding back in the late 1980s. She was a mere eight years old, wore a pretty Laura Ashley dress, was missing several teeth, and took her flower girl duties very seriously. Fast-forward 24 years to tomorrow, when it will be Hilary's turn to be the bride.
Hilary was born when I was a senior in college. I was so thrilled to become an aunt and we have always been close. A few years back, she decided to move to NYC and I couldn't have been happier to have her nearby.
Hilary has always been there for me, especially when I had a serious health issue two years ago. She was a huge source of support and called to check in on me every single day. For that, along with many other reasons too numerous to mention, I will always be grateful to have her as my niece.
Tomorrow, Hilary will marry her love, Elan, in a space with huge windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline. We are all looking forward to this momentous occasion. I better bring lots of tissues!